Phenacetin ban proves beneficial

The rate of renal pelvis cancer has decreased dramatically since the 1977 ban of popular painkiller ingredient phenacetin, according to research from Cancer Council NSW.

The study, which looked at cancer registry data from Australia, found the rates of renal pelvis cancer decreased 52% in women and 39% in men in the period 1983-1987 compared with the period 2003-2007.

For men, the number of cases dropped from 2.02 per 100,000 people in the period 1983-1987 to 1.24 per 100,000  in the period 2003-2007