finasteride (Proscar) to PREVENT prostate cancer

See updated FDA information concerning the use of 5-alpha reductase inhibitors and increased risk of serious forms of prostate cancer

More men will be given the option of taking finasteride (Proscar) to PREVENT prostate cancer.

This is analogous to using tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer.

Years ago, a large NIH study showed finasteride reduces the absolute risk of prostate cancer by about 6% in men 55 and older...or one less case of prostate cancer for every 16 men treated.

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