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Statins and cancer

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Cholesterol-lowering statins have shown a protective effect against colorectal cancer and should be investigated for such a benefit in future clinical trials, Jenny Poynter, MD, University of Michigan, et al., state in a research paper presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Plenary Session in New Orleans June 7. The research evaluated data from the Molecular Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer (MECC) study conducted in northern Israel between 1998 and 2002, which involved 1,608 patients with colorectal cancer and 1,734 controls. Release of the results follows publication of a study in the June 1 edition of Cancer concluding that statins may decrease the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women...
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