Statins may be able to treat types of cancers
Jan 19, 2012
Cholesterol-lowering statins have recently been found to keep breast cancer at bay for some patients, but the reason for this is unknown. A few studies have been conducted to try and find the answer.
"The data raises the possibility that we might identify subsets of patients whose tumors may respond to statins," said Carol Prives of Columbia University. "Of course, we can't make any definitive conclusions until we know more."
More than half of all human cancers carry mutations of a gene, p53. It was discovered that this mutation is commonly found in breast cancer cells. However, when treated with statins, the mutation genes stopped their invasive growth. Many more studies have to be conducted, including a clinical trial, before anything definitive is made.
According to the American Cancer Society, not only is breast cancer the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer related-death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research.