Research: Statins probably associated with improved survival in lung, breast, prostate, and bowel cancers

Research: Statins probably associated with improved survival in lung, breast, prostate, and bowel cancers

A research presented at Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology (FCVB) 2016 suggested that use of statins could be linked to decreased mortality and enhanced survival in lung, breast, prostate, and bowel cancers.

Dr Carter of Aston University said that that as per their research, there’s something related to possessing high cholesterol diagnosis that boosts survival and the extent to which all this happened was very prominent in the four studied cancers.

On the basis of earlier research, researchers think there is a very strong likelihood that statins have been causing this effect.

Dr Carter further said that they think the effect has been caused by high cholesterol medications like statins, as the link was seen in amongst all four cancers. However, further research is required in other kinds of cancer to verify the speculation.

Dr. Rahul Potluri, a senior author and founder of the ACALM Study Unit, noted, “Statins have some of best mortality evidence amongst all cardiovascular medications and statin use in patients with diagnosis of high cholesterol is possibly main reason that this diagnosis appears to be protective against death in patients with lung, breast, prostate and bowel cancer”.

Dr. Potluri added that other cardiovascular medications could also be protective and explain the different levels of decrease in risk in the four cancer types. For instance, prostate cancer is linked to heart disease and these patients generally use ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers.

He added that the results of the study has backed the argument for a clinical trial checking the probable protective effect of statins and other regularly used cardiovascular medications like aspirin, beta-blockers, blood pressure medications, and ACE inhibitors in cancer patients.

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