Statin therapy and cancer-specific mortality in Denmark


We don’t want to get into the details (which are covered extensively in other sources), but a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, and encompassing the entire population of Denmark, suggests that people with cancer who take a statin (a cholesterol-lowering agent) have a 15 percent lower mortality rate than cancer patients not taking a statin.

What this study still does not do (as noted in the accompanying editorial) is give us any idea of why one would see such a consequence in such a wide range of different cancers. For a little more detail about this study, please have a look at the Reuters report.

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