Statins show promise in preventing esophageal cancer

Statins could help stave off esophageal cancer, according to a study presented at a meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology. An examination of the data from 13 trials found a 41% decrease in the risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma in patients with Barrett’s esophagus and a 28% decline in the odds of developing esophageal cancer. Researcher Dr. Siddharth Singh said the benefit was even better in patients using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin as well as statins. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/22)