Statin Drugs do NOT Prevent Cancer
January 21, 2006
Two new studies have shown that statins, a class of popular cholesterol-lowering drugs, do not protect against cancer, despite the preliminary indications of some earlier studies.
Just as Likely as Anyone Else
One study examined overall cancer risk, and the other focused solely on colon cancer. In both studies, patients taking statins proved just as likely to develop cancer as anyone else.
Use Proven Methods
Scientists reviewing the studies agreed that those wishing to avoid cancer should not rely on experimental therapies. For those worried about colon cancer, colonoscopies allow polyps to be removed before they turn malignant, reducing the cancer risk by 80 percent to 90 percent.
The author of one of the studies suggested following proven steps to prevent cancer, such as quitting smoking, exercising, and controlling your weight.