There are an array of blood pressure medicines used today for hypertension. New research has concluded that blood pressure medications significantly increase the risk of skin cancer.
The diuretics as hydrochlorothiazides makes skin cancer seven times more likely especially if the patient has been taking the medication for a long time. These drugs make the skin more sensitive to UV light thus enabling the patient to get skin cancer. The cancer that is most associated with the diuretic use is squamous cell carcinoma.
More than 10% of the skin squamous cell carcinoma is related to the use of diuretics.
This is scary. If you have been on a thiazide diuretic, please get a skin check up.