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Is there any relation between high cholesterol and cancer?

A team from Boston's Children Hospital found that high cholesterol levels cause prostate cancer cells in mice to grow and that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs inhibit prostate cancer growth (Journal of Clinical Investigation March, 2005.)

Researchers injected human prostate cancer cells into mice. Animals fed high cholesterol diets had cholesterol accumulate in the outer membranes of tumors. Six weeks after tumor cells were injected, mice on the high-cholesterol diet had larger tumors and twice as many of them compared to those on a low- cholesterol diet. When mice on a high-cholesterol diet were given statin drugs to lower cholesterol, the tumors stopped growing. We do not know if these results apply to humans, but this study suggests one more reason to control your cholesterol.


May 19th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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