Paracetamol 'related' to leukemia

Paracetamol 'related' to leukemia

Painkillers paracetamol regularly could double the risk of leukemia, a new study argues.

Group of experts at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (USA) concluded after tracking nearly 65,000 people over age 50 living in the state of Washington, the initial starting point is healthy, the average within 6 years.

Over time, 577 persons, which is less than 1% of them, developed a type of blood cancer (such as lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome).

Learn 577 people, the researchers found that those who drank regular paracetamol present in higher proportion.

In the majority of the remaining cancer, 5% paracetamol least 4 times a week. But in the minority disease, 9% said they use this medication regularly.

Emily White, a member of the research team, said: "A person age 50 or older, about 1% risk of developing one of these cancers over the next 10 years. Our study shows that if you use acetaminophen (paracetamol other name) at least 4 times per week for at least four years, which would increase this risk to about 2%. "

However, scientists David Grant, from research organizations Leukemia and Lymphoma, said he was not impressed with the findings. He said that "there is no mechanism known to date that paracetamol can cause cancer." And he also said that the increase of 1-2% in the 10-year risk is still small.