Common painkiller could slow cancer growth.

 
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ISLAMABAD -- Scientists have found that one of the most widely prescribed pain and anti-inflammation drugs has potential to slow the growth of cancer.

The study, showed that the drug slows the growth rate of a specific kind of cancer in animal models and suggests the medication could have the same effect on other types of tumours.

The drug targets an enzyme called "cyclooxygenase-2" (COX-2), which is linked to pain and inflammation, Medical Xpress reported.

"Our study shows that COX2 inhibitors do have an effect on the tumor cells," said the study's first author William Guerrant from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in the US.

The researchers conducted animal studies tracking the effects of celecoxib on the growth...

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