January 06, 2006
Statins do not help prevent cancer, researchers say
Results of two new studies have found that statin drugs do not help
prevent cancer as well as some earlier studies might have
Although preliminary studies showed lower rates of breast, prostate
and colon cancers among statin users, a recent analysis of 26
studies involving 87,000 patients concluded the drugs had no impact
on cancer rates, according to a report published in the Journal of
the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Another study, conducted by the American Cancer Society and
appearing in the current issue of the Journal of the National
Cancer Institute, reviewed data on more than 130,000 patients in
the US and found no effect on colon cancer rates between those who
used statins and those who did not.