Statins are widely used to prevent heart attacks and strokes. But researchers have started to look at whether they can lower the risk of bowel cancer.
The results of some studies have suggested that statins may play a role in preventing bowel cancer. But these studies have been small or have not been of a high enough standard to show a definite link. Other studies have had different results and have not shown any link between statins and bowel cancer risk.
There isn’t enough evidence to show that statins have any effect on the risk of bowel cancer and we need to wait for larger studies before we will find out whether there is a link. Speak to your GP if you are worried about your risk or if you would like to find out more about how to reduce your risk of bowel cancer.
Updated March 2016. Due for review March 2018