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International Journal of Inflammation
Volume 2017, Article ID 9632018, 17 pages
Review Article

Alleviating Promotion of Inflammation and Cancer Induced by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

1Nasco AD Biotechnology Laboratory, 11 Sachtouri Str, 18536 Pireus, Greece
2Division of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology, Medical University of Innsbruck, Schöpfstr. 41, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
3National Hellenic Research Foundation, 48 Vas. Konstantinou Av., 11635 Athens, Greece

Correspondence should be addressed to Anthony M. Kyriakopoulos; moc.daocsan@dnr

Received 29 December 2016; Accepted 23 March 2017; Published 10 May 2017

Academic Editor: Jian-Dong Li

Copyright © 2017 Anthony M. Kyriakopoulos et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Clinical Relevance. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) including aspirin are of intensive use nowadays. These drugs exert their activity via the metabolism of arachidonic acid (AA) by cyclooxygenase inhibition. Though beneficial for health in some instances, both unspecific and specific cyclooxygenase inhibitor activity interfere with AA metabolism producing also proinflammatory lipids that may promote cancer. Materials and Methods. This review is based on available literature on clinical uses, biochemical investigations, molecular medicine, pharmacology, toxicity, and epidemiology-clinical studies on NSAIDs and other drugs that may be used accordingly, which was collected from electronic (SciFinder, Medline, Science Direct, and ACS among others) and library searches of books and journals. Results. Relevant literature supports the notion that NDSAID use may also promote proinflammatory biochemical events that are also related to precancerous predisposition. Several agents are proposed that may be employed in immediate future to supplement and optimize treatment with NSAIDs. In this way serious side effects arising from promotion of inflammation and cancer, especially in chronic NSAID users and high risk groups of patients, could be avoided.