No Clear Link Between Statins and Kidney Cancer

August 1, 2011

Reuters Health

Brian Strom, MD, director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, commented in Reuters Health about a study that showed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are not linked to an increased risk of kidney cancer. There also isn't enough evidence to say that they offer any protection against cancer, according to the new study. "There's no convincing data that statins increase the risk of any cancer, but there's also no convincing data that statins decrease the risk," said Strom. "There's no question that statins are beneficial for people with heart disease, and they're also very safe. People shouldn't either take [a statin] or stop taking it because of risk of cancer." Read More

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