Statins are a class of medicines that have been used for many years to lower cholesterol levels. Research shows that these drugs may have other beneficial effects, such as preventing prostate cancer and erectile difficulties. A number of large-scale studies have found significant reductions in the risk of prostate cancer among men taking statins.
A US study of almost 35,000 men found a 49% decrease in risk of advanced prostate cancer among statin users. Another US study of 69,000 men showed that the risk of prostate cancer was 28% lower among statin users.