HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
More evidence suggests statins help cut risk for advanced prostate cancer

In a 10-year study of more than 30,000 health professionals, researchers at Johns Hopkins and Harvard found that the longer men take cholesterol-lowering drugs such as statins, the far less likely they are to develop advanced prostate cancer.

"We found that statin-takers cut their risk for advanced disease in half," says Elizabeth Platz, Sc.D., M.P.H., assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Kimmel Cancer Center.

Although earlier, smaller studies have linked the use of statins to a lower risk of prostate and other cancers, such as breast and colon, this is the first to tie risk reduction to prostate cancer stage while tracking the medication use before study participants got cancer.

Still, the researchers caution that data are not conclusive enough to warrant prescribing the drug to reduce cancer risk alone because many questions still linger, such as how they might contribute to delaying the cancer process more effectively than non-statins.

"Additional large studies may help confirm these results, but we also have some very important questions lingering as to which biochemical processes may link statins and reduced prostate cancer development," says Platz. "Instead of preventing cancer, statins might work by stalling a tumor already in the prostate, helping to ensure that it doesn't get worse."

Platz noted that "when cholesterol-lowering drugs first came onto the market almost 20 years ago, there was even concern that they might increase the risk of cancer. Now, we are seeing more evidence that the opposite may be the case, but more research needs to be done."

Platz is expected to present results of her study at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting.

In their study, the researchers tracked use of cholesterol-lowering drugs (including statins and non-statins) and prostate cancer diagnosis among a group of 34,438 male health professionals, inc
'"/>

Contact: Vanessa Wasta
wastava@jhmi.edu
410-955-1287
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
18-Apr-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Majority of herb users dont follow evidence-based indications, researchers find
2. No evidence older women generate new eggs
3. Opportunistic chlamydia screening not underpinned by sound evidence
4. Drug safety recommendations lack scientific evidence
5. Study links attempted suicide with genetic evidence identified in previous suicide research
6. Fosrenol data show evidence of trends towards improved bone formation in CKD stage 5 patients
7. Mayo Clinic researchers find evidence for traumatic cause of carpal tunnel syndrome
8. ACPs electronic medical resource ranked no. 1 evidence-based tool by MLAs South Central Chapter
9. New evidence finds an association between periodontal disease and stroke
10. How low should we go? Researchers find no clear evidence for ultra-low cholesterol targets
11. First evidence that musical training affects brain development in young children

Post Your Comments:
(Date:8/31/2015)... , ... August 31, 2015 , ... ... healthcare industry, released their latest predictive use case focused on helping hospital perform ... (HVBP). Under this program, hospital payments are adjusted based on performance across four ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... August 31, 2015 , ... Dental ... Western University of Health Sciences to learn more about its integrated approach to ... Dental Sciences and Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University, and Susan Bissett, ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... August 31, 2015 , ... India Network Foundation, a ... ” tool, which summarizes all available plans, plan maximums, pre-existing condition coverage limits ... to help India Network members make an informed decision regarding the care they ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... August 31, 2015 , ... ... one-day event geared to patients and family members, medical professionals, and researchers, covering ... mesothelioma experts. The conference is a collaborative effort between the Mesothelioma Applied ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Coast Dental Vista is celebrating its recent grand ... 3 p.m. near Albertsons in the Foothill Center, located at 1279 E. Vista Way. ... Dr. Jay Lopp. Call (760) 208-2518 for more details or stop by on September ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Jvion Releases Value-Based Purchasing Predictive Use Case 2Health News:Western Diabetes Institute Collaborates with UK team 2Health News:Western Diabetes Institute Collaborates with UK team 3Health News:Western Diabetes Institute Collaborates with UK team 4Health News:India Network proudly launches the new InstantQuote tool to help choose right visitor health insurance with pre-existing conditions to US bound visitors 2Health News:New York Experts on Mesothelioma Come Together at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 2Health News:New York Experts on Mesothelioma Come Together at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 3Health News:Discover How to Replace Missing Teeth, Reduce Cavities, and Restore Oral Health During Coast Dental’s Open House in Vista, CA on Sept. 5, 2015 2Health News:Discover How to Replace Missing Teeth, Reduce Cavities, and Restore Oral Health During Coast Dental’s Open House in Vista, CA on Sept. 5, 2015 3
(Date:8/31/2015)... The Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council and the Indiana ... Forum to state legislators. The new policy forum was ... Indianapolis and featured two panel ... and State Sen. Brandt Hershman . Legislators also ... & Development Center, which is under construction on its ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... PHOENIX , Aug. 31, 2015  DICOM ... announced today that it was recognized as a ... Radiology software.  The awards are sponsored ... and related professionals in the medical imaging industry.  ... for radiology professionals to acknowledge the contributions of ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... , Aug. 31, 2015 Pepperl+Fuchs, ... has acquired MACTek Corporation, a leading provider of ... Pepperl+Fuchs, strategy to further extend its integrated solutions ... market.    "We are pleased to ... existing portfolio," said Jim Bolin , Pepperl+Fuchs, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and State Sen. Brandt Hershman Kick Off New Life Sciences Policy Series 2Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and State Sen. Brandt Hershman Kick Off New Life Sciences Policy Series 3DG Suite Nabs "Minnies" Nomination for "Best New Radiology Software" 2
Cached News: