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While most skin cancers do not lead to death and can be treated with a simple surgery, an advanced squamous cell skin cancer or melanoma may put a patient's life at risk. Pixabay

Common medications used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) or BP may adversely raise the risk of skin cancers in people aged 66 and above claims a new study. Long-term intake of antihypertensive medications called thiazide diuretics, including hydrochlorothiazide, is linked with higher rates of non-melanoma and melanoma — the two major types of skin cancers, globalnews.ca reported.

The findings have been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). However, other common blood pressure drugs such as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, calcium channel blockers, and beta-blockers, did not raise this risk, the study showed. Hydrochlorothiazide is known to make the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet radiation and sunlight, meaning patients can get sunburned more easily, according to Health Canada.


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“The theory is that by making our skin cells more sensitive to the damage caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun or a tanning bed, that medication might increase skin cancer risk,” Aaron Drucker, study co-author and dermatologist at the Women’s College Hospital, in Canada was quoted as saying to globalnews.ca.


Common medications used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) or BP may adversely raise the risk of skin cancers in people aged 66 and above claims a new study. Pixabay

The study included 3,02,634 patients in Ontario who have prescribed an antihypertensive medication between 1998 and 2017. Patients with a higher risk of skin cancer must consider other treatment alternatives, the researchers suggested, adding patients taking thiazide diuretics must periodically monitor for skin cancer.

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While most skin cancers do not lead to death and can be treated with a simple surgery, an advanced squamous cell skin cancer or melanoma may put a patient’s life at risk, Drucker said. (IANS/JC)


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The Prime Minister continued in her speech: "Commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth. "Having satisfied that, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attaining of the highest excellence to the Government of Barbados." It comes after a historic move for Barbados, which has become a republic after almost 400 years and welcomes its first president, Sandra Mason, after removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state. (IANS/ MBI)


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