Drs. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Tags: blood pressure medicines | skin cancer | sun sensitivity | high blood pressure treatment | sunscreen | lip cancer | medications and sun sensitivity

Can Your Blood Pressure Med Give You Skin Cancer?

Thursday, 06 September 2012 09:10 AM EDT

You don't have to spend your day on a Vegas rooftop, like Justin Bartha's character Doug in "The Hangover," to get a bad sunburn or even worse. Turns out most high blood pressure medicines make your skin so sun-sensitive that with prolonged use (five years at least) they can trigger lip cancer (which is usually very rare) unless you protect yourself.

Various antihypertensives raise your skin cancer risk from 42 percent to (and this is NOT a typo) 322 percent! Only the beta blocker atenolol, when used by itself, doesn't cause this problem.

But listen up! High blood pressure is such a big health risk for stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems — at least three times the risk of high LDL cholesterol — that you need to keep taking your medication(s) and making lifestyle changes that lower your BP. You just have to be fanatic about using sun-shielding lip balm and sunblock.

And this is not unique to BP meds: Many meds, from anti-inflammatories and antihistamines to antibiotics and antidepressants, are sun-sensitizing. The herbal supplements ginkgo biloba and St. John's wort are also on the list.

To protect yourself, we want you to:

• Always ask your pharmacist if your prescribed drugs and over-the-counter medications increase your sun sensitivity. If you're using one that's sensitizing, be even more vigilant about protecting your skin from the sun with sun hats and sun-screening clothes.
• Make putting on a full-spectrum lip balm and sunblock (at least 30 SPF with micronized zinc oxide) part of your morning routine.

© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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