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Nearly 11,000 men die from prostate cancer each year.

A Professor from the US led research which focused on reducing the production of cholesterol which prostate tumours need to build their cell walls.

When cholesterol production is cut a chemical compound RO 48-8071 causes the cancer cells to fall apart and die. In the laboratory the drug was injected into mice with human prostate cancer and the tumour growth was curbed.

An experimental drug designed to lower cholesterol may turn out to be an effective weapon against prostate cancer, research has shown.

Tumours need cholesterol to build their cell walls. By cutting their cholesterol production a chemical compound known as RO 48-8071 causes the cancerous cells to fall apart and die.

Importantly, the drug appeared to be effective against prostate cancer cells that had become resistant to hormone treatments.

This drug was initially produced by Roche for the treatment of high cholesterol.

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    Nearly 11,000 men die from prostate cancer each year. A Professor from the US led research which focused on reducing the production of cholesterol which prostate tumours need to build their cell walls. When cholesterol production is cut a chemical compound RO 48-8071 causes the cancer cells to fall apart and...