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Statins May Help Prevent Cancer

A new study from Mass General Cancer Center found that statins, cholesterol-lowering drugs, may block a pathway involved in cancer development caused by chronic inflammation. Environmental toxins were shown to activate signaling pathways. This leads to production of the interleukin-33 (IL-33) protein, which stimulates inflammation in the skin and pancreas. This contributes to cancer. Remarkably, the researchers discovered the statin drug pitavastatin effectively suppresses IL-33 by blocking the TBK1-IRF3 pathway. In mouse models, pitavastatin suppressed environmentally-induced inflammation and prevented pancreatic cancer development. Analysis of health records data links pitavastatin use to a significantly reduced risk of chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer in humans.


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Taylor Marks
Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.