Drug Used for Gout Could Prevent Colon Cancer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/18/04

Drug Used for Gout Could Prevent Colon Cancer

A drug commonly prescribed to treat Gout is showing promise in the prevention of colon cancer. Researchers say the drug Allopurinol lowered the risk of colorectal cancer by two-thirds in nearly 1,800 patients who took the drug for five years.

Allopurinol helps patients with Gout by blocking a key enzyme that causes the disease. Researchers believe the drug may also block a process that damages DNA and can lead to cancer.

The study was presented on Monday in Seattle at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

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