Statins linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers

The Chicago Tribune reports that, according to a study published in Preventing Chronic Disease, statins may be linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers.

Investigators “examined data collected from 202,648 adults, ages 21 and older, who were enrolled in an HMO from 1998 to 2006 and used statins.” Individuals “who took the pills regularly were 31 percent less likely to get cancer, especially leukemia, myeloma and lymphoma.”

The researchers also found that “the patients who took high-efficacy statins, such as 40 mg simvastatin, had lower cancer risks than those who took low-efficacy statins.”

2 thoughts on “Statins linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers

  • I am low cholesterol (high HDL), low risk for heart disease, which means, by mere subtraction since I am appointed to die once, I am a HIGH risk for cancer. I am leary of any drugs, because main effect virtually always has a side-effect.
    Advice to a non-patient? I promise I won’t hold you to it.

  • Phil, for my patients with a normal (or near normal) lipid panel (total cholesterol [TC], triglycerides, HDL [healthy cholesterol], LDL [lethal cholesterol], TC/HDL ratio, and non-HDL cholesterol), which only measures lipid concentrations, I recommend a measure of lipid particles (such as the NMR Profile provided by LipoScience). If that’s normal, no intervention is indicated, other than rechecking every 3-5 years or so. If that’s abnormal, exercise and diet interventions come first.

    Walt

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