This content has not been reviewed within the past year and may not represent Web MD's most up-to-date information. To find the most current information, please enter your topic of interest into our search box. 14 (Health Day News) -- A drug used to treat enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness also reduces a man's risk of prostate cancer by nearly a third, according to a large new study. The findings on nearly 19,000 men also overturn earlier concerns that treatment with finasteride -- the agent in the prostate drug Proscar and the hair-loss drug Propecia -- might promote the development of more virulent prostate cancers in men who contract the disease, researchers said. Finasteride did not affect overall survival rates or survival rates after diagnosis with prostate cancer for men who did and did not receive the drug, said study lead author Dr. Ian Thompson, a urologist and professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center. "If indeed the more high-grade cancers in the men taking finasteride were real, we would expect to find a higher death rate," Thompson said. "The survival of these men was exactly the same." Published in the Aug. Men being screened for prostate cancer can dramatically reduce their risk of unnecessary treatment by taking an already-approved drug, a new study shows. Although doctors still hotly debate the value of prostate screening, most agree that the PSA (prostate specific antigen) test leads some men to be "overdiagnosed" and even "overtreated," because it detects many tumors that won't ever turn deadly. Many men are unaware that some prostate tumors — while technically malignant — are essentially harmless, growing too slowly to ever cause trouble in their lifetimes. Men are actually better off if these tumors are never found, says Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society. The PSA sends thousands of men a year for painful, invasive biopsies and surgery that can leave them impotent, incontinent or both, says Brawley, who helped design the new study two decades ago but hasn't been involved in recent years. The danger of such overtreatment led a government task force last year to recommend against routine screening with PSA. The task force was also concerned that the PSA blood test saves few if any lives.
Long gone are the days when--in an average week--we went out to dinner 4 or 5 times. As food editor of Seattle magazine and editor the Seattle Zagat guide, I had to. Aug 14, 2013. Taking Finasteride makes the PSA a far more accurate test. most agree that the PSA prostate specific antigen test leads some men to be.