Breast cancer linked to ACE inhibitors used for hypertension
Apr 25, 2011
New study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment has linked the use of ACE inhibitors with a higher chance of breast cancer recurrence.
ACE inhibitors - or Angiotension-converting enzyme inhibitors - are used to treat high blood pressure, migraines and scleroderma, according to the Mayo Clinic.
"The message from this paper is not to go out and stop these medications or necessarily change what somebody's using for treatment of their blood pressure. The real issue is for women who wouldn't be taking these medications for one reason or another," Patricia Ganz of the University of California, Los Angeles, told the news source.
ACE inhibitors relax blood vessels by lowering levels of angiotension II, reports the Mayo Clinic. Hypertension - or high blood pressure - results in the heart having to pump harder.
More than 200,000 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, according to the American Cancer Society. Regular self-breast exams and mammograms can lead to early discovery and treatment for the disease.