Statin use and non-melanoma skin cancer risk: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and observational studies ONCOTARGET Yang, K., Marley, A., Tang, H., Song, Y., Tang, J. Y., Han, J. 2017; 8 (43): 75411–17


Existing evidence of the association between statin use and non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) risk has been inconsistent.To maximize statistical power to synthesize prospective evidence on this relationship.PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and were systematically searched up to December 11, 2016. A random-effects meta-analysis was conducted to calculate summary estimates.Our meta-analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) including 63,157 subjects showed no significant association between statin use and NMSC risk (RR = 1.09, 95%CI = 0.85-1.39). However, meta-analysis of four observational studies including 1,528,215 participants showed significantly increased risk of NMSC among statin users compared to non-users (RR = 1.11, 95%CI = 1.02-1.22). Furthermore, ever using lipophilic statins (RR = 1.14, 95%CI = 1.04-1.24) or lower-potency statins (RR = 1.14, 95%CI = 1.03-1.26), as well as usage of any statin longer than one year (RR = 1.14, 95%CI = 1.09-1.18) were significantly associated with increased NMSC risk based on observational studies.Evidence from observational studies supported an association between statin use and increased NMSC risk. This finding should be interpreted with caution due to modest number of included studies, possible between-study heterogeneity and inherent limitations of observational studies.

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