Breast Cancer Risk Nearly Cut in Half For Women With High Cholesterol

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Can a class of drugs commonly prescribed to help lower cholesterol levels protect against breast cancer? A study recently presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Barcelona, Spain, offers interesting results.

Researchers from Aston Medical School, Aston University, in Birmingham, United Kingdom, determined that statins can nearly cut the risk of the disease in half, as well as lower mortality rates.

“This is the most conclusive and direct evidence as yet to confirm the link between high cholesterol and breast cancer, a topic that has been fascinating researchers for the past few years,” Rahul Potluri, physician, senior author on the study, said in a press release.

“We previously found an association between having high cholesterol and developing breast cancer, so we designed this study to follow up patients longitudinally and address the relationship more robustly.”

The Truth About Statin Drugs may Cause Heart Attacks

If you haven’t already heard, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are among the world’s most popular. Unfortunately, this popularity doesn’t translate into their efficacy for heart disease prevention.

Before we detail why one should avoid cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, let’s first discuss why cholesterol is not something to fear in the first place.

Cholesterol is like the air we breathe – without it we cannot exist. Relative to most things, cholesterol is produced by the body in large quantities. In fact, all tissues make it and all cells contain it.

The essential role that cholesterol plays in the body (more…)