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CAN STATINS HELP REDUCE PROSTATE CANCER RECURRENCE?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Men with prostate cancer who’ve had their prostate gland removed and are taking statin medications experience about one-third fewer recurrences of their cancer than men who aren’t taking statins, a recent study revealed.  Arthur Burnett, a prostate cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says the observation makes sense.

BURNETT: There’s the scientific evidence that suggests that statins have anti-inflammatory properties but may have other anticancer properties, by way of interfering with not just inflammation but cell functions that have to do with cancer development.  They may also block what we call signaling pathways, mechanisms for how cancer cells develop.  So this sort of wonder drug here may have properties to help diminish the risk of prostate cancer.   :24

Burnett says for now, he wouldn’t recommend men with prostate cancer take statins solely to reduce their risk of recurrence but if they also have high cholesterol statins may be a win-win.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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