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Recent research findings indicate that following prostate cancer surgery, men who begin taking statins are less likely to experience a recurrence of their cancer. Additional analysis showed that statins’ protection from recurrence extended only to men who aren’t black. The mechanism that affords this protection is unknown, but researchers are committed to discovering how statins affect men with prostate cancer.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Statin Use Associated With Reduced Risk of Prostate Cancer Recurrence

Men who begin taking statins after prostate cancer surgery are less likely to experience a recurrence of their cancer, according to a retrospective analysis led by researchers at Duke Medicine.

"Our findings suggest that beginning statins after surgery may reduce the risk of prostate cancer recurrence, so it's not too late to start statins after a diagnosis," says lead author Emma H. Allott, PhD, a postdoctoral associate in the division of urology at Duke and the Durham VA Medical Center.

A secondary analysis revealed that this protective association was significant only among men who aren't black, although this possible racial disparity requires further investigation. The study appears online in BJU International (formerly the British Journal of Urology).

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