Blood pressure pills linked to lung cancer

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Certain blood pressure drugs could carry an increased risk of lung cancer, researchers have found.

Scientists from Northern Ireland and Canada examined data on patients taking two different types of drug used to treat hypertension.

They analysed the use of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor drugs (ACEIs) compared with another group of blood pressure drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs).

They wrote: “The use of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors was associated with a 14% increased risk of lung cancer.

“Associations were evident after five years of use and increased with longer durations of use, particularly in patients who used angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors for more than 10 years.”

Researchers examined data on almost a million patients started on anti-hypertensive drugs between 1995 and 2015.

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