Lowering cholesterol could reduce risk of breast cancer

Breast cancer mammogram

Lowering cholesterol with statin drugs could help prevent breast cancer, research suggests.

A study of more than 600,000 British women found that the risk of breast cancer was almost doubled in those with abnormally high levels of blood fats.

The research is still at an early stage and the findings do not prove that cholesterol helps trigger breast cancer.

But if future work demonstrates a causal link it opens up the possibility of using cheap cholesterol-lowering statins to reduce women’s risk of the disease.

Cardiologist Rahul Potluri, from the University of Aston, said: “We found that women with high cholesterol had a significantly greater chance of developing breast cancer.

“This was an observational study so we can’t conclude that high cholesterol causes breast cancer, but the strength of this association warrants further investigation.

“A prospective study that monitors the risk of breast cancer in women with and without high cholesterol is needed to confirm what we observed. If the connection between high cholesterol and breast cancer is validated, the next step would be to see if lowering cholesterol with statins can reduce the risk of developing cancer.”

Culled from: The Guardian

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