A study found that statins, medicines taken to lower "bad" (LDL) cholesterol, don't affect breast cancer risk. The results agree with other research that looked at how statins affect cancer risk.
Millions of people around the world take statins. These medicines can help people who have high cholesterol and a higher than average risk for heart attack and stroke, including people with diabetes, high blood pressure, or a strong family history of heart disease.
Zocor and Vytorin (chemical name: simvastatin), Pravachol (chemical name: pravastatin), Lipitor (chemical name: atorvastatin), and Crestor (chemical name: rosuvastatin) are all statins. This study looked at breast cancer risk in a large group of women who were all taking different statins. Since each statin is chemically different, more research is needed to study whether each individual statin affects breast cancer risk.
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