The raison d'etre of this website is to provide you with hard scientific information which may help you make informed decisions in your quest for health (so far I have blogged concise summaries of over 1,500 scientific studies and have had three books published).

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

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Increase in colorectal cancer cases in statin users

This study was published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology 2011 Dec 21;17(47):5197-202

Study title and authors:
Statin use and the risk of colorectal cancer: a population-based case-control study.
Cheng MH, Chiu HF, Ho SC, Tsai SS, Wu TN, Yang CY.
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan, China.

This study can be accessed at:

The aim of the study was to investigate whether the use of statins is associated with colorectal cancer risk. The study included 1,156 colorectal cancer cases and 4,624 controls.

The results of the study revealed that those who were prescribed statins had a 9% increased risk of colorectal cancer compared to those who did not take statins.

Links to other studies:
Statins increase the risk of colon adenomas by 54%
Statins increase cancer rates by 41% and the overall death rate by 4%
Statins increase lymphoid malignancy rates by 124%