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A commonly prescribed type of blood pressure drug can add to your risk of cancer. Research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, indicates that women taking this drug for more than 10 years suffer an increased chance of breast cancer.
The problematic medications consist of calcium-channel blockers.
The study shows that taking calcium-channel blockers for 10 or more years is associated with higher risks of ductal breast cancer and lobular breast cancer. The increased risk does not vary based on the type of calcium-channel blockers used. Both short-acting and long-acting forms of the pharmaceuticals are a problem. The calcium-channel blockers classified as both dihydropyridines and non-dihydropyridines are also connected to cancer.
The researchers found that other types of antihypertensive medications, including diuretics, β-blockers and angiotensin II antagonists, are not associated with increased breast cancer risk.