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Br J Cancer. 2004 Feb 9;90(3):635-7.

Statin use and cancer risk in the General Practice Research Database.

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  • 1Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program, Boston University School of Medicine, 11 Muzzey Street, Lexington, MA 02421, USA.


In a matched case-control study using the General Practice Research Database, current statin use was not associated with a significantly altered risk of any of 13 studied cancers. Untreated hyperlipidaemia was associated with slightly increased risks of colon cancer (relative risk 1.8; 95% confidence interval 1.2-2.8), prostate cancer (1.5; 1.1-2.0), and bladder cancer (1.9; 1.2-3.1).

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