You might be able to help answer that question. A national research project needs people who have been treated for early-stage (stage I or II) colorectal cancer in the past year.
There have been tantalizing hints that cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) might help prevent the growth of precancerous (adenomatous) polyps and/or recurrent colorectal cancer. Millions of Americans already take these statins to protect against heart attacks. We also know that people who have had early-stage colorectal cancer have up to a 50% chance of developing new polyps within 3 years.
Some studies have shown that people who had taken statins had lower rates of colorectal cancer (CRC), but other studies did not. And all of those studies were fairly short-term, looking for heart events rather than slower-developing cancers. So the jury is still out.
In 2010, the first national study was launched designed specifically to see if cholesterol-lowering statins could prevent colorectal cancer. But researchers still need more participants from all over the US, especially those at relatively high risk of developing cancerous polyps. Read the rest of this entry »