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"Can high cholesterol lead to cancer?"
My doctor said my cholesterol is very high
Having high cholesterol will not lead to cancer. High cholesterol levels have been linked to diseases of the blood vessels that cause blockages of blood flow to the heart (which causes heart attacks), brain, and many other organs. Cholesterol is a type of fat which can get into the walls of the blood vessels causing these blockages. Cholesterol in your blood can be divided into a few different types. 1. Total cholesterol - all the cholesterol in your blood. 2. LDL - This is the so-called "bad" cholesterol which is directly associated with diseases of the arteries. It is our goal as doctors to get our patient's LDL low. 3. HDL - This is the so-called "good" cholesterol which is related to healthy arteries. It is our goal to get the HDL as high as possible, though getting the LDL lower is usually the highest priority. The best type of doctor to discuss this issue with is your primary care physician. He or she can discuss your LDL, HDL and total cholesterol levels in the context of other aspects of your health. Your doctor will have a specific LDL and HDL goal for you. If you are not at that goal, then your doctor may decide to place you on a cholesterol lowering medication.
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