Do statins suppress prostate cancer?

Do statins suppress prostate cancer?

Oncologist Charles “Snuffy” Myers Transcript

Title: Do statins suppress prostate cancer?

First, the statins that are used to lower cholesterol appear to suppress prostate cancer. In population studies, the more powerful a statin is in lowering the cholesterol the more it reduces the risk of prostate cancer so Provacal which is the weakest statin reduces cholesterol the least and reduces the risk of prostate cancer by 30%. Lipitor and Zocor by 50%, and Crestor, the most powerful statin, reduces the risk of a man getting prostate cancer by about 80%. Now we’ve been using Crestor in our clinic because cholesterol and heart disease are a serious problem for prostate cancer patients. Most men on active surveillance are at a much higher risk of dying of heart disease and so we’ve been using Crestor because it’s also the safest statin and when we look back on our data that also appears to have a very dramatic impact. So we’re now finding ourselves commonly putting patients on Avodart and Crestor.

Title: All statins suppress prostate cancer

Dr. Myers addresses the challenging question of whether statins inhibit prostate cancer growth.
Dr. Charles “Snuffy” Myers
Dr. Myers previously served for 10 years as Chief of the Clinical Pharmacy Branch at the National Cancer Institute. From 1994 to 2002 Dr. Myers was Director of the Cancer Center at the University of Virginia. His laboratory research at the UVA Cancer Center focused on how and why a diet high in animal fat leads to progression in prostate cancer. His research group demonstrated that a fatty acid common in meat, dairy products, and egg yolks promotes the survival and growth of human prostate cancer cells. 

In 2002 Dr. Myers established the American Institute for Diseases of the Prostate in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a patient himself and an oncologist, he provides management for prostate cancer patients who often travel to his office from throughout the U.S His Blog, Ask Dr. Myers, is widely visited. Video reviewed and approved by Charles “Snuffy” Myers, August 1, 2015

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