Statins may offset risk of prostate cancer

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PHOENIX (CBS5/CBS) -

Taking cholesterol lowering drugs called statins may offset the risk of dying from prostate cancer.

New jersey researchers followed hundreds of middle aged men and found that men who died of prostate cancer were half as likely to have taken statins at the time.

The drugs may not ward off cancer but the study suggests a link between controlling cholesterol and surviving the disease.

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