This paper was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal 2007 Feb 27;176(5):649-54
Study title and authors:
Does pravastatin promote cancer in elderly patients? A meta-analysis.
Bonovas S, Sitaras NM.
Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Athens Athens, Greece. firstname.lastname@example.org
This paper can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17325332
The aim of the study was to assess the effect of pravastatin therapy on cancer risk. The study analysed the results of 12 pravastatin trials which included 42,902 men and women, (21,454 patients in pravastatin groups and 21,448 in control groups).
The study found:
(a) Pravastatin users had a 6% increased risk of cancer compared to non-statin users.
(b) Pravastatin therapy was associated with an increasing risk of cancer as the patient age increased. E.g. The oldest pravastain users, aged over 75, had a 22% increased risk of cancer compared to non-users.
Bonovas concluded: "this analysis showed that pravastatin therapy was associated with an increasing risk of cancer as age increased".
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