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My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Low cholesterol increases cancer rates by 42%

This study was published in the Annals of Oncology 2009 Jun;20(6):1113-20

Study title and authors:
Time-dependent association of total serum cholesterol and cancer incidence in a cohort of 172,210 men and women: a prospective 19-year follow-up study.
Strasak AM, Pfeiffer RM, Brant LJ, Rapp K, Hilbe W, Oberaigner W, Lang S, Borena W, Concin H, Diem G, Ruttmann E, Glodny B, Pfeiffer KP, Ulmer H; VHM&PP Study Group.
Department of Medical Statistics, Informatics and Health Economics, Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria.

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The study investigated the association of cholesterol levels with subsequent cancer incidence in 172,210 Austrian adults who were followed for up to 19 years. 

The study found:
(a) Cancer rates in the men with the highest cholesterol (more than 235 mg/dL or 6.0 mmol/l) were up to 42% lower than the men with the lowest cholesterol.
(b) Cancer rates in the women with the highest cholesterol (more than 229 mg/dL or 5.9 mmol/l) were up to 31% lower than the women with the lowest cholesterol.

The study shows how low cholesterol is associated with increased cancer rates in men and women.