Study shows statin use is associated with lower risk of liver cancer

thebmj_logoTaking a statin is associated with a near halving of the risk of liver cancer, show the results of a new study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Previous research has linked statins to a reduced risk of liver cancer, but much of the evidence has been from areas of the world with high rates of this type of cancer. So, researchers analysed data from the United Kingdom to investigate the effects of taking statins in a country with a relatively low incidence of liver cancer.

Focus on ‘Love your Liver’ month

As this month is ‘Love your Liver’ here are some useful links to websites which provide useful information, support and guidance about this amazing organ.

Love your Liver at

Drink Aware

British Liver Trust at

Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF)
The first charity to be established concerned with liver disease. Today it helps to care for babies and children with liver disease and their families through support, information and research in the UK.

Counselling Directory
The purpose of the site to provide the UK with a counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service. The website also contains a number of sections on emotional disorders (types of distress section) and provides some useful statistics.

Marie Curie  at
Marie Curie Nurses provide free nursing care to cancer patients and those with other terminal illnesses in their own homes. For more information for patients and carers or to get a Marie Curie Nurse call FREEPHONE 0800 716 146. To find out more about the services where you live, please call 08707 585 868. For general enquiries please use the telephone numbers listed below:
England – 020 7599 7777


The British Association for the Study of the Liver
Membership of hepatologists, gastroenterologists, surgeons and clinical scientists involved in the management of liver disease in the UK

NHS Choices

NHS Evidence

Map of Medicine

The Map of Medicine is used by doctors throughout the NHS to determine the best treatment options for their patients. NHS Choices offers everyone in England exclusive and free access to this cutting-edge internet resource, which lets you see exactly what your doctor sees.  The information in the Map has been approved by the UK’s leading clinical experts, is based on the best available clinical evidence, and is continually updated. To take advantage of this unique resource go to:  Map of Medicine: hepatocellular cancer

National Cancer Institute

Cancer Research UK

MacMillan Cancer Support