A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that taking statins not only helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by lowering cholesterol but also prevents cancer.
Researchers led by Dr Stig Bojesen of Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark conducted a large scale study involving more than 300,000 people over the age of 40 years. The researchers found that those who took statins regularly had a 15 percent lower risk of developing cancer and Dr Bojesen said that the risk reduction was comparable with chemotherapy.
"The benefit of receiving chemotherapy versus not receiving chemotherapy is 15 percent to 20 percent, depending on cancer type. What we see (in the new study) is comparable to that. That's really something", Dr Bojesen said.