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Benefits of Widespread Statin Use Outweigh Risks: Study
Date:5/17/2012

therapy increased the prevalence of cancer or cancer-related deaths.

"Statins may produce small increased risks of hemorrhagic strokes and in diagnoses of diabetes, but the definite benefits of statins greatly outweigh these potential hazards," the authors said in a journal news release.

Half of all vascular events occur in people with no previous vascular history, they said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently required label changes on statin drugs to warn of rare thinking and memory problems associated with their use.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on statins.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, May 16, 2012


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