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Sustained statin use is associated with lower risk of death in lung cancer patients, study shows

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 01 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2382
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Patients with lung cancer who have had more than 12 prescriptions for statins after their cancer diagnosis have a significantly lower risk of death from the disease than lung cancer patients who don’t take these commonly prescribed drugs, concludes a study that researchers say supports further investigation into the use of statins as adjuvant cancer therapy.

The study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, identified 14 689 patients in the English cancer registry who had been given a …

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