November 18, 2008
Aspirin May Mask Important Sign of Prostate Cancer
Filed under: Research
Aspirin or NSAID anti-inflammatory drugs may significantly lower PSA levels and make it difficult for blood tests to reveal prostate cancer, according to a new study.
"These results may suggest that aspirin use decreases the ability to detect prostate cancer and may contribute to prior investigations reporting a protective association between NSAID use and prostate cancer risk," [Dr. Jay H.] Fowke and colleagues wrote.
Given that many men take an aspirin a day to prevent heart attacks, this is definitely concerning and needs to be studied further.