Link between bone drugs and oesophageal cancer

September 7, 2010

Link between bone drugs and oesophageal cancer

~uBBC NEWS
2 September 2010#www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11166308~

Osteoporosis The drugs work by strengthening the bones

Long-term use of bone-strengthening drugs – used to treat fractures – may boost the risk of oesophageal cancer, Oxford University research suggests.

The study of 3,000 people found taking bisphosphonates for five years upped the risk from one in 1,000 to two in 1,000 for 60 to 79-year-olds.

The researchers said the risk was small, but reliable information on risks and benefits was needed.

But experts said for many, the case for taking the drugs “would be strong”.

The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, were based on an analysis of anonymised GP records.

They contrast with previous research which found no increased risk for the bone-strengthening drugs.

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