Harvard Heart Letter

Heart Beat: No cancer bonus for statin therapy

Heart Beat

No cancer bonus for statin therapy

A massive study that sifted through almost 9,000 articles nixes the hope that statins might prevent cancer even as they lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease. Writing in the January 4, 2006, Journal of the American Medical Association, University of Connecticut researchers conclude that statins don't prevent or promote cancer in general, or any specific type of cancer. A study published the same day in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that statins had no effect on colon cancer in 132,000 men and women. Although a two-fer would have been great, we'll settle for what statins do for the heart.

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