Blood pressure drugs linked to raised risk of lung cancer

About 8 million people in the UK are being treated for high blood pressure, and a third take Ace inhibitors
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About 8 million people in the UK are being treated for high blood pressure, and a third take Ace inhibitors

About 8 million people in the UK are being treated for high blood pressure, and a third take Ace inhibitors
About 8 million people in the UK are being treated for high blood pressure, and a third take Ace inhibitors

Millions of patients are taking drugs to reduce blood pressure that have been linked to increased risk of lung cancer.

Patients who took angiotensin-converting enzyme (Ace) inhibitors were up to 31 per cent more likely to develop the disease, according to a study.

Researchers at McGill University in Canada said that while the effects seemed modest, the drugs were so widely prescribed that “these small relative effects could translate into large absolute numbers of patients at risk”.

About eight million people in the UK are being treated for blood pressure, and about a third are prescribed Ace inhibitors. There were 44 million prescriptions for them in England last year, according to NHS Digital.

Among patients on Ace inhibitors, there were 16 cases of lung cancer…


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