Statins May Cut Risk of Death From Cancer, Study Suggests

Cholesterol-lowering drugs might benefit cancer patients, but more research is needed

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Jacobs explained that "because this study was an observational study [as opposed to a trial], the slightly lower cancer death rates among cancer patients who had used statins before their cancer diagnosis could have been caused by factors other than the statin itself."

Jacobs said more research is needed to ascertain if and how statins might influence survival in cancer patients.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about statins and cancer prevention.

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