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