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Certain Blood Pressure Drugs Are Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

By October 14, 2013 - 12:58pm

High blood pressure is one of the most common chronic medical conditions in US adults. Women need to know that a certain type of drug used to treat high blood pressure is associated with more than double the risk for breast cancer.

Epidemiologists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle tackled the subject and here's what they found:

Using a type of blood pressure drug called a calcium-channel blocker for 10 years or more was associated with 2.4 times higher risk for ductal breast cancer and 2.6 times higher risk for lobular breast cancer.

Using drugs known as ACE inhibitors for 10 years or longer was associated with a 30% reduced risk for ductal breast cancer and a 40% reduced risk for lobular breast cancer.

Are you taking the right blood pressure medication? Talk with your doctor and understand your risk.

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