Statins & Reduced cancer death rates - Health Update (09.07.2016)
Statins linked to dramatic reduction in cancer death rates, research suggests
Statins may significantly cut the risk of dying from four of the most common cancers, research has suggested.
Scientists have found the number of deaths among cancer patients diagnosed with high cholesterol see “striking” reductions following treatment with the cholesterol-lowering drugs.
A study has found that those diagnosed with high cholesterol have a 43 per cent lower risk of dying from breast cancer, 47 per cent from prostate cancer, 30 per cent from bowel cancer and 22 per cent from lung cancer.
The study evaluated health records of close to a million cancer patients admitted to UK hospitals between January 2000 and March 2013. The data was then compared with mortality figures obtained from the Office for National Statistics.
The findings support previous research indicating that statins may offer protection to cancer patients. The scientists said that the tests indicate the blocking of the hormone oestrogen, which causes high cholesterol through statins, could slow cancer growth dramatically.
The researchers have called for further studies on the cholesterol-lowering drugs in light of the findings.
Dr Paul Carter, from Aston University in Birmingham, UK, who presented the new findings at a cardiovascular conference, said: “Our research suggests that there's something about having a high cholesterol diagnosis that improves survival and the extent to which it did that was quite striking in the four cancers studied.
“Based on previous research we think there's a very strong possibility that statins are producing this effect.”