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Cancer

15 June 2010

Popular Blood Pressure Drugs Tied to Slight Rise in Cancer Risk

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Overall, the researchers looked at trials involving over 223,000 patients. When they concentrated on five trials involving over 60,000 patients, in which cancer was a pre-specified endpoint, "patients assigned to these ARBs had about a 10 percent increase in cancer" relative to those not on the medications, said Dr. Ilke Sipahi, assistant professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, lead author of a report in the June 14 online edition of The Lancet Oncology.

 

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