Cholesterol - Cancer Connection?

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Story Updated: Nov 9, 2012

The power of statin medications has been well documented when it comes to lowering cholesterol and reducing deaths from heart disease. Now, these medications appear to hold promise on another serious health front.

Researchers in Denmark analyzed data from nearly 300,000 citizens 40 years and older -- who were diagnosed with cancer from 1995 to 2007. More than 18 thousand had used statins regularly before diagnosis and more than 277 thousand had never used the drugs. Patients were followed for a minimum of two-years.

The results showed a reduction in cancer-related deaths of up to 15% among those who took statins. This was the case for more than 13 types of the disease.

According to the investigators, a reduction in cholesterol may limit cellular proliferation required for cancer to grow and spread. They say this study points to a need for trials involving statins in patients with cancer.

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