Medical and Scientific: Cancer blocker hopes

22 Jan 2020 - Medical and Scientific

A common pill used to treat anxiety and high blood pressure could become a breast cancer wonder drug. In a breakthrough discovery, a Melbourne study has found that beta blockers slow the spread of the disease that killed an estimated 3000 Australian women last year. Beta blockers work by blocking the body’s stress response. Ordinarily, adrenaline would cause your heart to pump harder or faster, but beta blockers stop adrenaline from communicating with your heart, so this does not happen. The Monash study discovered the drug propranolol also stopped cancerous cells being pumped through the body.

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