Can Acetaminophen Cause Cancer?

Woman showing pills( — An article was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology that cause quite a bit of excitement in the science world. The U.S. study that was outlined stated that taking, acetaminophen, the active ingredient in many over-the-counter pain and cold remedies, for extended periods of time can increase a person’s risk of developing cancer of the blood.

Almost 65,000 men and women in Washington State who did not have a history of cancer were studied over a period of almost 6 years. Out of the people studied, 577 (about 1 percent) of the group developed a blood cancer.

After considering other factors like age and family history, the researchers found that people who used acetaminophen on a consistent basis were almost twice a likely as non-users to develop blood cancer.

Overall, the study seems to suggest that using acetaminophen at least four times a week for at least four years will increase a person’s risk of developing cancer by 2 percent.

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