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Meds that keep your pressure down may be increasing your skin cancer risk!

Published on December 27, 2017

One particular blood pressure medication has been shown to increased risk of both squamous and basal cell cancer. Long term use of Hydrochlorothiazide, (which is a diuretic commonly used to treat hypertension) has been shown to significantly increase your risk of skin cancer. No other anti-hypertensive medications showed the same association. If you are at high risk for skin cancer and are taking hydrochlorothiazide speak to your doctor to see if there may be a better alternative for you.

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Hydrochlorothiazide Use and Risk of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer: A Nationwide Case-Control Study From Denmark

J Am Acad Dermatol 2017 Nov 30;[EPub Ahead of Print], S Arnspang, D Gaist, SA Johannesdottir Schmidt, LR Hölmich, S Friis, A Pottegård 

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