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A common cholesterol-lowering drug may benefit individuals who have received a positive colorectal cancer test. Researchers from the University of Michigan report that statins may greatly reduce the risk of the disease.
For the study, investigators examined the results of more than 20 scientific studies that included information on more than 2.5 million participants. They found that individuals who were taking statin medications were 12 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer than individuals not taking the drug.
Jewel Samadder, who led the study, said that the findings affirm previous investigations that showed statins reduce the risk of other cancers. The information could benefit millions of Americans who are predisposed to several types of cancer.
"Observational studies have suggested that long?term use of statins is associated with reduced risk of several cancers, including breast, prostate, lung, pancreas and liver. Our findings suggest that randomized controlled trials designed to test the hypothesis that statins reduce the risk of colorectal cancer are warranted," she said.
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