Some of the known risks of lip cancer are use of tobacco and alcohol consumption. But what people may not know is, certain blood pressure medications can up the risk of lip cancer.
According to a recent study, some well-known photosensitizing antihypertensive drugs elevate the risk of lip cancer.
Dr. Gary D. Friedman of the division of research, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, Oakland Calif., and his colleagues, have written "Lip cancer is rare, and an increased risk of its development is generally outweighed by the benefits of drugs that are effective for other conditions. However, physicians prescribing photosensitizing drugs should ascertain whether patients are at high risk of lip cancer because of their fair skin and long-term sun exposure, and discuss lip protection with them. Likely preventive measures are simple: a hat with a sufficiently wide brim to shade the lips, and lip sunscreens."