Study links statins to reduced cancer-related deaths

11/8/2012 | Reuters

Cancer patients receiving statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, were 15% less likely to die of cancer or of other causes than those who weren't taking the medications, according to a Danish study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. "Statin use in patients with cancer is associated with reduced cancer-related mortality," researchers said. "Our hypothesis is that by reducing cholesterol, you steal cholesterol from the proliferating cancer cells ... improving survival," lead researcher Stig Bojesen said.

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