Blood pressure pills taken by millions may raise risk of lung cancer, study suggests

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The NHS issued 22 million prescriptions for Ace Inhibitors in 2017
The NHS issued 22 million prescriptions for Ace Inhibitors in 2017 Credit: daniel grill / Alamy

Blood pressure pills taken by millions of patients could raise the risk of lung cancer by almost a third, according to new research.

A study involving almost one million Britons found those on Ace inhibitors for at least 10 years (ACEIs) were up to 31 per cent more likely to develop the disease.

The drugs work by blocking an enzyme which narrows blood vessels, and raises blood pressure.

The risk rose over time, with those on the drugs for five years at 22 per cent risk, compared with other blood pressure lowering drugs such as beta blockers.

Researchers warned that although the relative risk was small, the vast numbers that take the drugs make the results concerning. In 2017 the NHS issued around...


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