Research has shown that statins could be used to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer after a link between the illness and high cholesterol was found in a study of more than 1 million patients over a 14 year time period in the UK.
The research will be presented today at Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology (FCVB) 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The meeting is organised by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in collaboration with 13 European cardiovascular science societies.
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Campaign, said:
“These are interesting results that report a link between increased fat in the blood and an increased risk of breast cancer. However, this is just the first step in understanding more about how cholesterol relates to the risk of breast cancer and more research is needed to determine whether statins could help prevent breast cancer.
“We do know that being overweight, particularly after menopause can increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. We would encourage women to maintain a healthy weight and to discuss any concerns, such as their breast cancer risk, weight or cholesterol levels with their GP.”