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Cholesterol-lowering drug may curb lung cancer risk: Study

Prolonged use of statins to lower cholesterol may also help to bring down the risk of the death from lung cancer, said new research.

The lung cancer patients who used statins in the year prior to a lung cancer diagnosis or after a lung cancer diagnosis had a reduction in the risk of death from the disease, said researchers.

“Our study provides some evidence that lung cancer patients who used statins had a reduction in the risk of death from lung cancer,” said Chris Cardwell of the Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

While exploring new therapeutic uses for existing drugs, known for their side effects, researchers stumbled upon the data from nearly 14,000 patients who are newly diagnosed with lung cancer between 1998 and 2009 from English cancer registry data.

Among patients who survived at least six months after a diagnosis, those who used statins after a lung cancer diagnosis had a statistically insignificant 11 percent reduction in lung cancer-specific deaths.

Among those who used at least 12 prescriptions of statins there was a statistically significant 19 percent reduction in lung cancer-specific deaths.

Among all patients in the study, those who used statins in the year before a lung cancer diagnosis had a statistically significant 12 percent reduction in lung cancer-specific deaths.

The study was published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressing at the Global Tobacco Experts, at the 45th World Lung Health Conference, at Barcelona, Spain on 28, 2014.

Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressing at the Global Tobacco Experts, at the 45th World Lung Health Conference, at Barcelona, Spain on 28, 2014.

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