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Screening pharmaceuticals for possible carcinogenic effects: initial positive results for drugs not previously screened

OBJECTIVE: To screen commonly used prescription drugs for possible carcinogenic effects. METHODS: In a large health care program we identified 105 commonly used drugs, not previously screened. Recipients were followed for up to 12(1/2) years for incident cancer. Nested case-control analyses of 55 cancer sites and all combined included up to ten matched controls per case, with lag of at least 2 years between drug dispensing and cancer. Positive associations entailed a relative risk of 1.50, with p

Authors: Friedman GD; Udaltsova N; Chan J; Quesenberry CP Jr; Habel LA

Cancer Causes Control. 2009 Dec;20(10):1821-35.

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