Cholesterol-lowering medicine could help lower cancer deaths

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By NBC News

Cholesterol-lowering medicine could help lower cancer deaths

November 8, 2012 Updated Nov 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM CDT

DENMARK -- There's preliminary evidence cholesterol-lowering drugs may also help reduce cancer deaths.

Statins have been hailed for their ability to lower levels of heart-damaging cholesterol.

Now, a large analysis of literally everyone in Denmark diagnosed with cancer between 1995 and 2007 suggests another benefit.

Researchers are reporting that taking statins before a cancer diagnosis reduced cancer-related deaths by 15 percent.

More study is needed to confirm the link. Doctors say lowering cholesterol may limit cancer cells' ability to grow and spread.

This study is from researchers at Copenhagen University Hospital and is published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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