Statins may help fight breast cancer

January 24, 2012 5:05:33 AM PST
Statins, which are commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol, may have another health benefit.

A recent study suggests certain types of breast cancer may respond to treatment with statins.

Doctors at Columbia University found, when they treated breast cancer cells carrying a mutant P-53 gene with statins, they stopped growing in the disorganized manner characteristic of tumors and in some cases even died.

However, researchers say more work needs to be done before the lab results translate into clinical success.

The findings are outlined in a report published online in the journal Cell.

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