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Beta blockers may lower the risk of breast cancer metastasis, death

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Beta blockers may lower the risk of breast cancer metastasis, deathAccording to new research recently presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Barcelona, Spain, the blood pressure drugs known as beta blockers may reduce a breast cancer patient's risk of metastasis.

In the study, European researchers monitored 466 breast cancer sufferers, including 43 women who were taking beta blockers on a daily basis.

After a period of follow-up, the research team discovered that patients who were prescribed beta blockers had a 71 percent reduced risk of death during the study compared to those taking other blood pressure drugs or who were not on any medication.

Moreover, patients on beta blockers had a 57 percent lower risk of experiencing a cancer recurrence or metastasis.

Although the study was relatively small, lead author Des Powe, a research scientist at Queen's Medical Center at Nottingham University in England, and his colleagues are optimistic regarding the initial findings and plan to validate them in a larger group.

"We are very encouraged by these first results which have already shown that by using a well-established, safe, and cost-effective drug, we can take another step on the road to targeted therapy in breast cancer," said Powe.
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