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Antihypertensives May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Bloomberg News reports on a new study that shows that “using a type of blood pressure drug for more than a decade” may raise the risk of breast cancer, marking “the first potential link between long-term use of the popular medicines and the most common malignancy among women.” The study found that women who took “calcium-channel blockers … for 10 years or more had a 2.5 times higher risk of developing breast cancer than those who never took the medicine or who used other blood pressure treatments.” As this is the first long-term study to draw this connection, the authors emphasized that “more research is needed to replicate the findings and to better understand why the class of medicines may increase the risk of the disease.”

Read the article published by Bloomberg News.

Read the study in JAMA Internal Medicine.