Hypertension is a common health problem; 67 million American adults (31%) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 in every 3 adults. Do calcium channel blockers, (Calan, Norvasc, Cardizem, Procardia, etc.), blood pressure medications, increase the incidence of breast cancer? To answer this question a study of nearly 2000 women between the ages of 55 and 74 with breast cancer was conducted; the results appears on the website of JAMA Internal Medicine (http://viajwat.ch/143BMF0). The results indicate that the risk for breast cancer was about 2.5 times higher among current calcium‑channel blocker users who were taking them for 10 years or more than among the women who never used antihypertensive medications. The researchers found no excess risk associated with the use of other classes of antihypertensives or the use of calcium‑channel blockers for less than 10 years. This study highlights the importance of making lifestyle changes that reduce blood pressure. And if you have hypertension and are on blood pressure medication, talk with your health care provider about alternates to this class of medications.