Veitonmaki T, Tammela TL, Auvinen A, Murtola TJUse of aspirin, but not other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is associated with decreased prostate cancer risk at the population level. Eur J Cancer 49(4): 938-945

School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
European journal of cancer (Oxford, England: 1990) (Impact Factor: 5.42). 10/2012; 49(4). DOI: 10.1016/j.ejca.2012.09.030
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The cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) enzyme overexpression in prostate cancer has led to the hypothesis that COX-2 inhibition may reduce prostate cancer growth. Some previous studies have linked the usage of COX-2 inhibiting non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with a decreased prostate cancer risk. We estimated the association between cumulative COX-2 inhibition by NSAID usage and prostate cancer risk at population level. All new prostate cancer cases in Finland during 1995-2002 and matched controls (24,657 case-control pairs) were identified from national registries. Detailed information on medication purchases was obtained from a national prescription database. A total cumulative COX-2 inhibition value was calculated based on total cumulative mg amount of each NSAID drug and the drug-specific COX-1/COX-2 inhibition ratio. Prostate cancer risk was analysed with propensity score-matched conditional logistic regression model. In total, 53.8% of the cases and 46.5% of the controls had any prescription-use of NSAIDs, while 8.1% and 7.9%, respectively, had used aspirin. Compared to the non-users, any NSAID use was associated with an elevated overall prostate cancer risk (46.4% versus 53.6%, respectively; odds ratio [OR] 1.3, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.3, 1.4) and risk of advanced cancer (11.8% versus 14.1%; OR 1.6, 95% CI 1.5, 1.8). The risk remained elevated despite the amount of cumulative COX-2 inhibition. In a separate analysis, the risk increase was similar for each NSAID with the exception of aspirin, which was associated with a decreased overall prostate cancer risk (OR 0.90, 95% CI 0.84, 0.96) in a dose-dependent fashion. NSAID use is associated with an increased prostate cancer risk at the population level regardless of the COX-2 inhibition. This may be explained by systematic differences between prescription NSAID users and non-users. In contrast, aspirin use is associated with a decreased overall prostate cancer risk. Further studies on aspirin and prostate cancer will be needed.

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    • "Inflammation of the prostate is associated with the induction of cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors, as well as COX-2, which is also overexpressed in prostate cancer [21] [41]. Given their anti-inflammatory roles in the reduction of COX activity and prostaglandin synthesis, therefore [37] [42], it has been speculated that treatment with NSAIDs might reduce the risk of prostate cancer [43]. In vitro studies have provided evidence pointing to the suppression of prostate cancer development and progression by NSAIDs. "
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    ABSTRACT: Prostatic diseases are characterized by increased activity of cytokines, growth factors, and cyclooxygenases- (COX-) 1 and 2. Activation of COX-1 and COX-2 results in increased levels of prostaglandins and the induction of angiogenic, antiapoptotic and inflammatory processes. Inhibition of COX enzymes by members of the widely used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) class of drugs decreases prostaglandin production, and exerts a variety of anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and antinociceptive effects. While numerous in vitro, in vivo, and clinical studies have shown that NSAIDs inhibit the risk and progression of prostatic diseases, the relationship between NSAIDs and such diseases remains controversial. Here we review the literature in this area, critically analyzing the benefits and caveats associated with the use of NSAIDs in the treatment of prostatic diseases.
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    • "The studies that met the inclusion criteria were all observational studies, comprising 20 case–control [9-11,16,17,21-23,26,28-33,35-37,41],[44] and 19 cohort studies [7,8,12-15,18-20,24,25,27,34],[39,40,42,43,45,46] involving more than 924,502 male subjects, including 108,136 PCa cases. Thirty-one studies (18 case–control [9-11,16,17,21-23,26,28-33,35-37] and 13 cohort [7,8,12-15,18-20,24,25,27,34]) addressed the use of any NSAID and its association with PCa incidence risk (Table 1); eight studies (two case–control [41,44] and six cohort [39,40,42,43,45,46]) investigated whether NSAID use was associated with PCa-specific mortality (Table 2). "
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    • "Although no association with the presence of STDs was observed, we cannot exclude that increased ejaculation, associated with sexual activity (or inversely associated with erectile dysfunction), may not be driving protection as a result of pathogenic shedding, specifically within an environment where pathogenic diseases are significant health concerns. Compared to a recent report that suggests a decreased risk of prostate cancer associated with regular use of aspirin (but not with alternative non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), [45]], frequent aspirin use within the SAPCS was inversely correlated with prostate cancer. This disparity may be impacted by the generic employment of the term aspirin, often used to refer to any form of headache medicine, including paracetemol, which exhibits very minor anti-inflammatory activity. "
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