Tylenol Use Linked to Blood Cancer

In a study published this week by the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers  linked acetaminophen to several forms of blood cancers.  Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in over-the-counter products like Tylenol and Excedrin, and it is also found in many cold medicines. The association of cancer with acetaminophen use was greater among women than among men, but the reason was unclear and will require further study.  The researchers considered factors including the length of time the drug was used and determined there to be an almost two-fold increased risk of cancer for use at least 4 days/week for at least 4 years. The study identified 577 cases of blood cancer out of the 64,839 people ages 50 to 76 who participated. The blood cancers included non-Hodgkin lymphomas, plasma cell disorders and myeloid neoplasms. Acetaminophen was the sole drug in the study found to be associated with an increased blood cancer risk.  By comparison, there was no increase risk found with chronic use of aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). If you or a loved one used acetaminophen and were then diagnosed with cancer, or if you have any questions regarding this blog posting, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dear Friends and Clients,

In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP