High BP increases risk of developing, dying from cancer

Suffering from high blood pressure? Then you are at a higher risk of developing and dying of cancer, warns a study – the largest of its kind – on the issue.

The study, involving almost 600,000 people, found men with high blood pressure faced a greater risk of between 10 and 20 percent of being diagnosed with cancer, while a higher risk of dying from the disease in both sexes.

Lead researcher Dr Mieke Van Hemelrijck, a research associate in the Cancer Epidemiology Group at King`s College London, and her colleagues analysed blood-pressure data and figures on cancer incidence and death rates among 289,454 men and 288,345 women in Norway, Austria and Sweden over 12 years.

During that time, 22,184 men and 14,744 women were diagnosed with cancer and 8,724 men and 4,525 women died from the disease.

The overall risk of developing any cancer increased by 29 percent between men with the lowest blood pressure in the study and those with the highest.

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