Ward Off Prostate Cancer

May 15, 2009 by adminclyd · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Education, Health & Fitness 

prostate_cancerA drug already sold for other prostate problems significantly cut the chances of prostate cancer being found in men with an increased risk of the disease, doctors reported Monday. In a large international study, dutasteride, sold as Avodart, lowered the chances of a prostate cancer diagnosis by 23 percent after four years of use. Tens of thousands of men each year face a problem like those in the study: worrisome results from prostate cancer screening tests and biopsies that come back negative. “There’s no question” that many had small tumors that were not detected, yet the drug still lowered the risk of cancer being found years later, said Dr. Gerald Andriole of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

He led the study in the United States and reported results Monday at an American Urological Association conference in Chicago. The study was sponsored by Avodart’s maker, British-based GlaxoSmithKline PLC. Dutasteride now joins finasteride, sold as Merck & Co. Inc.’s Proscar and in generic form, as a potential prostate cancer prevention drug. The new study involved 8,200 men ages 50 to 75 with high PSA blood test scores but no sign of cancer on biopsy. They were given dutasteride or dummy pills and new biopsies two and four years later. After two years, prostate cancer was found in 17 percent of men on dummy pills and 13 percent of those on the drug. After four years, it was found in another 12 percent of men on the placebo and 9 percent on dutasteride.

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