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Major statin study reveals several important findings for reducing prostate cancer and disease
Date:4/25/2009

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Statins, drugs widely prescribed to lower cholesterol, may have protective effects on prostate health. This large Mayo Clinic cohort study looked at three different aspects of urological health -- prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction and prostate enlargement. Initial research results are being presented April 25-30, 2009, at the American Urological Association (AUA) meeting in Chicago.

    VIDEO ALERT: Additional audio and video resources, including excerpts from an interview with Drs. St. Sauver, Karnes and Breau describing the research, are available on the Mayo Clinic News Blog,. These materials are also subject to embargo, but may be accessed in advance by journalists for incorporation into stories. The password for this post is password Statin049.

These Mayo Clinic study findings came from data in the Olmsted County Study of Urinary Health Status among Men, a large cohort study of men living in Olmsted County, Minn. This study has followed 2,447 men ages 40 to 79 from 1990 to the present to assess various urologic outcomes among aging men.

"One of the major advantages of this large cohort study is that the men have participated in this study for over 15 years. Because of this, we have the ability to look at associations between statin use, how long statins were used and multiple aspects of urologic function," says Jennifer St. Sauver, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic epidemiologist and study author.

Three significant abstracts are being presented at the AUA meeting:

Statins May Reduce Risk of Prostate Cancer (April 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m. CDT)

In the first study, researchers followed the 2,447 men for over 15 years and discovered that men taking statins were less likely to develop prostate cancer,
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Contact: Traci Klein
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Mayo Clinic
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