Statins also cut down death rates in cancer patients

The rate of deaths can come down among cancer sufferers with the use of statins, widely prescribed drugs used to help prevent death from heart disease.

The growth of cancer cells is limited by the use of statins and they also make them more vulnerable to certain therapies. According to certain trials done, the bad or the LDL cholesterol is lowered by these medications among people who have a raised level and this in turn lowers the risk of dying early due to a heart disease and a stroke.

Data was analyzed by researchers in Denmark of about 300,000 people and all of them were more than 40 years of age. These were the people who were told that they have cancer from 1995 to 2007.

Statins were used by about 18,000 people on a regular basis before getting diagnosed and the drug was never used by 227,000. Follow-up was done for a minimum of two-years.

Study leader Sune F. Nielsen, a biochemist at the University of Copenhagen who based his findings on an analysis of more than 5.5 million people in Denmark stated, "Regular statin use before and after a diagnosis of cancer could theoretically reduce cancer-related mortality."