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Cheap beta blockers successfully treat skin cancer and breast cancer

Published on 10/10/2011

Beta blockers, drugs usually given to private health insurance customers with high blood pressure, could be used to save the lives of patients with malignant melanoma as well as those suffering from breast cancer.

Scientists at the Ohio State University in the US, and at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, looked at the records of 4,000 patients with malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

372 of these people were being prescribed beta blockers for other reasons, like high blood pressure and heart problems. Those who had been taking the drugs for at least 3 months before skin cancer was diagnosed were 13% less likely to die within 5 years.

The results, published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention journal, explained that beta blockers may also prevent cancer from spreading by stopping the growth of blood vessels that supply cancerous tumours.

This study follows the separate discovery that beta blockers can halt the spread of breast cancer. In June, a large international study found that propranolol, a particular form of the drug, cut the chance of death from the disease by up to 81%.

According to a team headed by Cancer Research's Dr Des Powe, beta blockers interfere with the process by which oestrogen accelerates the growth of breast cancer.

The Cancer Research team will carry out a full study using 30,000 patients and will present their findings next year.

Patients who already have health insurance could receive new treatment on their policy. Compare health insurance policies online now to gain peace of mind about your future health.

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