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Recalled valsartan not tied to higher short-term cancer risk

Individuals who received valsartan that was subject to a global recall due to contamination with the cancer-linked compound N-nitrosodimethylamine didn't have increased overall cancer risk in the short term and had slightly, but not statistically significant, higher odds of uterine and colorectal cancers, according to a Danish study in The BMJ. However, more studies are needed to evaluate the possible likelihood of specific cancers and long-term adverse effects associated with contaminated valsartan, researchers said.

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