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Studies: Statins Don’t Lower Cancer Risk

Rating

4 Star

Studies: Statins Don’t Lower Cancer Risk

Our Review Summary

This article presented the findings from two studies indicating that statin medications used to manage cholesterol levels did not prevent development of breast, prostate, lung or colorectal cancer or death from these cancers. Overall, a balanced story.

Criteria

Does the story adequately discuss the costs of the intervention?

Not Satisfactory

Did not mention cost of treatment

Does the story adequately quantify the benefits of the treatment/test/product/procedure?

Satisfactory

Mentioned lack of

benefit from statins for this purpose; also provided some details of side effects of statins

Does the story seem to grasp the quality of the evidence?

Satisfactory

Provided a walk through the various types of clinical evidence.

Does the story use independent sources and identify conflicts of interest?

Satisfactory

In addition to

quoting study authors, a quote from an editorial in the journal in which one of the articles was published was provided.

Does the story compare the new approach with existing alternatives?

Not Satisfactory

Did not mention other options for

reducing cancer risks.

Does the story establish the availability of the treatment/test/product/procedure?

Satisfactory

Mentioned that statins are widely used and considered safe. Mentioned that use as cancer

preventative would be an off-label use (i.e. drugs not approved for this purpose)

Does the story establish the true novelty of the approach?

Satisfactory

Examined a new use for a

class of medications (statins).

Total Score: 8 of 10 Satisfactory

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