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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, 22 June 2011

Statins increase cancer rates by 41% and the overall death rate by 4%

This post includes a summary of a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology 2001 May 1;87(9):1074-9

Study title and authors:
Air Force/Texas Coronary Atherosclerosis Prevention Study (AFCAPS/TEXCAPS): additional perspectives on tolerability of long-term treatment with lovastatin.
The Heart Revolution: The Extraordinary Discovery That Finally Laid the Cholesterol Myth to Rest
Downs JR, Clearfield M, Tyroler HA, Whitney EJ, Kruyer W, Langendorfer A, Zagrebelsky V, Weis S, Shapiro DR, Beere PA, Gotto AM.
Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

This study can be accessed at:

This study examined the effects of 20 to 40 mg/day of lovastatin in 6,605 generally healthy middle-aged and older men and women. 3,304 people received the statin drug and 3,301 people received a placebo.

The study found that the statin drug reduced the risk of a first acute major coronary event by 37%. However the statin drug also increased cancer rates by 41% and increased the overall death rate by 4%.

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