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Open Access Highly Accessed Research article

Statins and the risk of gastric cancer in diabetes patients

Jeeyun Lee1, Soo Hyeon Lee13, Kyu Yeon Hur2, Sook Young Woo4, Sun Woo Kim4 and Won Ki Kang1*

  • * Corresponding author: Won Ki Kang wkkang@skku.edu

  • † Equal contributors

Author affiliations

1 Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Irwon-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 135-710, Korea

2 Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Irwon-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 135-710, Korea, Korea

3 Yonsei University College of Medicine, 250 401 Seongsanno, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, 120-752, Korea

4 Biostatistics, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Irwon-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 135-710, Korea

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Citation and License

BMC Cancer 2012, 12:596  doi:10.1186/1471-2407-12-596

Published: 13 December 2012

Abstract

Background

Several studies have suggested a cancer risk reduction in statin users although the evidence remains weak for stomach cancer. The purpose of this study was to use an exact-matching case–control design to examine the risk of gastric cancer associated with the use of statins in a cohort of patients with diabetes.

Methods

Cases were defined as patients with incident gastric cancer identified by International Classification of Diseases 16.0 ~ 16.9 recorded at Samsung Medical Center database during the period of 1999 to 2008, at least 6 months after the entry date of diabetes code. Each gastric cancer case patient was matched with one control patient from the diabetes patient registry in a 1:1 fashion, blinded to patient outcomes.

Results

A total of 983 cases with gastric cancer and 983 controls without gastric cancer, matched by age and sex, were included in the analysis. The presence of prescription for any statin was inversely associated with gastric cancer risk in the unadjusted conditional logistic regression model (OR: 0.18; 95% CI: 0.14 – 0.24; P < .0001). Multivariate analysis using conditional logistic regression with Bonferroni’s correction against aspirin indicated a significant reduction in the risk of gastric cancer in diabetes patients with statin prescriptions (OR: 0.21; 95% CI: 0.16 – 0.28; P < .0001). After adjustment for aspirin use, a longer duration of statin use was associated with reduced risk of gastric cancer, with statistical significance (P<.0001).

Conclusions

A strong inverse association was found between the risk of gastric adenocarcinoma and statin use in diabetic patients.

Keywords:
Gastric cancer; Statins; Risk