Statins and cancer in the elderly

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-16
Number of pages4
JournalCardiology Review
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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