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Kidney cancer risk from NSAIDs

14th September 2011

The charity Arthritis Research UK has said that people with arthritis should to take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) at the smallest possible dose for the shortest period of time after findings that people who take them for long periods of time may face an elevated risk of renal cell cancer.

While acknowledging that the guidance was unsatisfactory for people with a long-term condition, the charity said the need to find “an effective, but side-effect-free form of pain relief for the millions of people with arthritis and musculoskeletal pain was greater than ever” following the research.

 

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