Cancer link to high blood-pressure drugs

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Cancer link to high blood-pressure drugs

A RANGE of drugs widely used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure may be linked to cancer, study results suggest.

Use of angiotensin receptor blockers was associated with a “modestly increased risk” of new cancer diagnosis, said researchers.

While the chances of developing cancer while taking the drugs were small, one expert called the findings “disturbing and provocative”. Others urged patients on the potentially life-saving drugs not to stop taking their medications.

Although the result was significant, the authors led by Dr Ilke Sipahi, from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, stressed that it should be seen in context.

“The finding of a 1.2pc increase in absolute cancer risk over an average of four years needs to be interpreted in view of the estimated 41pc background lifetime cancer risk.”

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