Mailbag! Common Painkillers Increase Cancer Death by 66%

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

You’ve got questions…

We’ve got answers!

Today, we are going to address an important reader question about how certain over-the-counter pain relievers can increase your chances of dying from cancer.

Let’s get started…

Dear Natalie,

I recently read that aspirin and ibuprofen can increase the risk of dying in women who have cancer. Is this true? If so, do you know if there’s a certain type of cancer these drugs affect more?

Thanks,

Helen S. 

Thanks for the great question, Helen.

You’re correct. This is true for a specific type of cancer — Type 1 endometrial cancers.

Let me explain…

Researchers from the Ohio State University examined health data from over 4,000 women to better understand the link between dying from Type 1 endometrial cancer and using NSAID pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen.

After examining the records, the scientist found that taking NSAID pain relievers increased the risk of dying from Type 1 endometrial cancer by a massive 66 percent.

When they took a closer look, they found that women who took NSAIDs for more than 10 years in the past but had quit before diagnosis were at greatest risk.

Strangely, though, the use of NSAIDs did not increase the risk of death in more aggressive Type 2 cancers.

These results have baffled researchers because cancer is closely associated with inflammation. NSAIDs are considered anti-inflammatory agents and have even reduced the risk of developing or dying from some cancers, like colorectal cancer, so the link is an unexpected find.

Experts agree that further research is needed to fully understand how NSAIDs affect this type of cancer.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for an all-natural way to decrease pain, try ginger. One study shows that taking 500 mg of ginger twice a day worked about as well as taking 400 mg of ibuprofen three times a day in folks suffering from arthritis pain.

You can get ginger supplements at any natural health store or through online retailers.

Do you have health questions? Write me: nmoore@lfb.org

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily

Ed. Note: Please send your feedback: nmoore@lfb.org – and click here to like us on Facebook.

Sources

[1] Long-term anti-inflammatory drug use may increase cancer-related deaths for certain patients

[3] Find a Vitamin or Supplement: GINGER

Natalie Moore

Written By Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.

View More Free Articles

vegetables

Try THIS Produce Aisle Cancer CURE

Dr. Scott Olson reveals how a common veggie kills cancer.

Read This

pills in a heart shape

[Alert] Weight Loss Surgery Causing ANOTHER Dangerous Side-Effect

Dr. Scott Olson reveals the latest dangerous side-effect of weight loss surgery.

Read This

woman in mirror

Breakthrough ERASES 20 Years of Aging?! (Results in 14 Days)

This breakthrough compound will have you feeling 20 years younger in JUST 2 WEEKS!

Read This

microscopic view of bacteria and viruses

Do You Have This Secret Cancer Trigger?

Dr. Scott Olson reveals how snoring can lead to serious health conditions.

Read This

clipboard with multiple sclerosis

Seniors Being Misdiagnosed With MS?! (SHOCKING)

Dr. Scott Olson reveals how thousands of seniors might be misdiagnosed with MS.

Read This

pills in shape of heart

Popular Drugs CAUSING Heart Attack and Stroke

Dr. Scott Olson reveals which popular prescription puts you on the fast track to heart attack and stroke

Read This

brain scan Alzheimers disease

The Fool-Proof Way to STOP Alzheimer’s

Dr. Scott Olson reveals the best way to stop Alzheimer’s.

Read This

senior woman stretching

REJUVENATE Your Joints and RESTORE Your Sleep?!

Dr. Scott Olson reveals a breakthrough formula that can restore your joints while you sleep.

Read This

neurons

Easy Habit Makes Your Brain 2 Years Younger!

Dr. Scott Olson reveals how to REVERSE brain aging.

Read This

junk food

Toxic Food Ingredient GIVING You Diabetes?!

Dr. Scott Olson reveals the food ingredient giving you diabetes.

Read This