(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Cholesterol-lowering statins may protect
patients from prostate cancer, too.
Studies have shown statin users have a lower incidence of advanced prostate
cancer, but the mechanism was unknown. In a new study, researchers found the
drugs’ anti-inflammatory effects could be at work.
"We looked at tumor samples and found that men who were on statins had a 72
percent reduction in risk for tumor inflammation, and we believe this might
play a role in the connection between prostate cancer and statin use,"
Lionel Bañez, M.D., a researcher in the Duke Prostate Center, was quoted as
Researchers note that while this study is promising, more research must be
done before a recommendation is made for men to take statins as a means to
better prostate health.
SOURCE: Presented at the American Urological Association's annual meeting
in Chicago, April 26, 2009