High blood pressure ‘tumour risk’

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PEOPLE with high blood pressure may be at increased risk of developing brain tumours, new research suggests.

Experts analysed data for almost 580,000 people from Sweden, Austria and Norway, who were followed for around 10 years.

Data on brain tumours was obtained from national cancer registries and, during follow-up, 1,312 brain tumours were diagnosed.

People were typically aged 41 at the start of the study and the typical age of diagnosis was 56 for a brain tumour.

The most common tumours diagnosed were meningioma and glioma, which each account for around one third of all brain tumours.