Drugs taken to lower blood pressure may also lower the risk for certain cancers.
Ace inhibitors are drugs that are commonly used to treat high blood pressure. In a new study researchers looked at the medical records of over 500,000 patients that were part of a V.A. database. They found those who were taking ace inhibitors had a significantly lower chance of developing colon, pancreatic and esophageal cancers.
Researchers say the drugs may prevent cancer because they block a protein that stimulates tumor growth. Patients taking ace inhibitors had a 55% reduced risk for esophageal cancer, a 48% reduced risk for pancreatic cancer and a 47% reduced risk for colon cancer.