Hypertension Associated with Kidney Cancer Risk
the MPR take:
A new study in the journal Hypertension found that the risk of kidney cancer climbs as systolic blood pressure (SBP) increases, independent of the association of kidney cancer with elevated body weight or cigarette smoking. A total of 156,774 participants from the Women’s Health Initiative were evaluated over 10.8 years and 353,340 men from the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial (MRFIT) after an average of 25 years of follow-up. Women with elevated SBP saw an increased risk of kidney cancer across BMI, although it was consistently significant only for women with a BMI ≥30. On average, men who died from kidney cancer had a higher SBP at the start of the study (133.0mm Hg), compared to those who did not (130.0mm Hg). The article notes that experimental studies to evaluate BP changes on kidney cancer risk would boost the support of these findings.
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