Statins May Reduce The Risk Of Cancer?

| November 6, 2015

Of all the ridiculous claims made so far on the so-called benefits of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, the most laughable one must be that these drugs can prevent cancer.

Lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease is one thing (still a hard-to-swallow claim), but reducing the risk of cancer?

Bitter pill to swallow

The first noises about statins as a potential cancer treatment were made back in 2011, when a bunch of researchers, from two separate studies, made the bold claim that statins may reduce the risk of advanced prostate cancer by lowering cholesterol.

The two US studies in question, suggest that high cholesterol could be a key factor in the development of prostate cancer and that taking a daily dose of cholesterol-lowering statins can have a powerful preventive effect…

Then in 2012, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, claimed that patients taking statins are, generally speaking, less likely to die from cancer compared to individuals not taking statins. Perhaps not surprisingly, the mainstream was quick to claim that statins may not only be the answer to heart disease, but our cancer woes too.

However, the findings of these studies are contradicted by two more recent studies, which revealed incriminating evidence regarding the relationship between low cholesterol levels and cancer. One study, known as the ‘SEAS’ study, showed how two cholesterol-lowering drugs (simvastatin and ezetimibe) taken in combination, increased the risk of cancer.

The second study, involving 6,000 participants, concluded that those individuals with too low cholesterol levels were found to be at a 74 per cent increased risk of cancer.

So it seems that any cancer prevention claims linked to statin drugs should be taken with more than a pinch of salt. If you ask me, Big Pharma has dug very deep to get the ‘right’ research results in order to crack the cancer market with statin drugs…

If you are taking statin drugs, especially if you are male and over the age of 40, and your doctor is trying to tell you that these drugs may benefit your prostate health, remember that it is possible that he or she might have been coaxed into believing the statin-cure-for-all craze.

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Sources:

Schatzkin A, et al. Serum cholesterol and cancer in the NHANES I epidemiologic follow up study. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Lancet 1987;2:298-301

Ulmer H, et al. Why Eve is not Adam: prospective follow-up in 149650 women and men of cholesterol and other risk factors related to cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. J Women’s Health 2004;13(1):41-53

Statins ‘lower risk of prostate cancer’ and could cut rate of deaths for just 40p a day, published online 30.09.11, dailymail.co.uk

Nielsen SF, et al. Statin Use and Reduced Cancer-Related Mortality. NEJM published online 8 October 2012

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