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ARBs linked to small increase in cancer risk

There have been many news articles over the past week reporting on a study which has linked the Angiotensin receptor blocker hypertension drugs (sometimes called Angiotensin-2 receptor antagonists) with a small increase in cancer risk.

Some of these articles include: WebMD – Blood Pressure Drugs Linked to Cancer, theheart.org – Modest lung-cancer signal with angiotensin-receptor blockers and CBSNews – Angiotensin Receptor Blockers Linked to Cancer.

The full study is behind a paywall, but you can find a summary on the Lancet website.

Doctors commenting on the article have stressed that the increase in risk is small, and people should not stop taking the drugs without first talking to their doctor. Kellie has written before about the beneficial effects of ARBs in her “Telmisartan medication tolerated well” article.

Common brand names of ARB drugs are: Atacand, Avapro, Cozaar, Diovan, Micardis and Teveten. For a large list of hypertension drug names and types see the About.com Hypertension Drugs page.

Below is a video by illumistream which explains the various types of hypertension drugs. Kellie has used the video in an article previously, however I think it is useful to repeat here.

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One Response to “ARBs linked to small increase in cancer risk”

  1. KellieMyHS says:

    I’d forgotten how helpful this video is! What I like about this video is how it clearly explains each medication and how it acts to reduce blood pressure. It also discusses any side effefcts they have.

    Many high blood pressure sufferers take more than one blood pressure lowering medication, and this video helps to explain why you may need more than one type of drug. They all act to reduce blood pressure in different ways.

    The following meds are discussed in the video: ACE Inhibitors, ARB drugs, Beta-blockers, Alpha-blockers, Calcium channel blockers and Duiretics. Glad you found this video again Steve!

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