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Bone drugs linked to oesophageal cancer

3rd September 2010

Oxford University research has suggested that the long term used of bone-strengthening drugs used to treat fractures could increase the risk of oesophageal cancer.

A study of 3,000 people found that those 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 findings, which have been published in the British Medical Journal, were based on an analysis of anonymised GP records. Cancer Research UK said the findings should be treated with caution, pointing out the risks were "still small".

 

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