Recent observational studies have suggested that statins have a protective effect against cancer. However, long-term statin users were shown to be healthier, less frail, and more adherent to therapy and screenings. We conducted a cohort study to evaluate the effect of statins on several common cancers in a large elderly population. We found that statin use was not associated with a clinically important decrease or increase in the risk of common cancers (colorectal, lung, and breast cancer) during an average follow-up period of 2.9 years. Until proven otherwise in clinical trials, physicians should not prescribe statins for cancer prevention.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Sep 2007|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine