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Statins may prevent hepatitis from progressing to liver cancer

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Individuals who have received liver panel test results indicating they have hepatitis B may benefit from a prescription for statin medications. New research suggests that these drugs may prevent their condition from progressing to liver cancer.

Hepatitis infection is one of the leading causes of liver cancer, which can be particularly dangerous. Yet, little is known about how to prevent the damage associated with hepatitis that often leads to liver cancer.

For the present study, researchers from the National Taiwan University analyzed the medical records of more than 33,000 individuals treated for hepatitis B between 1997 and 2008. The results showed that those who were taking statins were significantly less likely to develop liver cancer.

The researchers said that further investigation is needed to understand how statins may reduce liver cancer risk, but that their findings could represent a simple and effective way to improve the health of individuals with hepatitis B. This may lead to improved liver panel tests for individuals with the infectious disease. ADNFCR-2248-ID-800694878-ADNFCR

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