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Finasteride Does Not Increase Cancer Risks

Finasteride, a popular drug for balding and hair loss, has been said to increase your risk of developing prostate cancer but a recent study suggests otherwise.

Finasteride facts

Finasteride, which is also known as Propecia, is a highly effective medication for those looking to slow down the balding process. But many men have stopped using it following claims that it increases prostate cancer risks.

A recent study now states “Finasteride, a common hormone-blocking drug, reduces men’s risk of getting prostate cancer without increasing their risk of dying from the disease.” A Eureka Alert press release also published these findings.

Dr. Ian Thompson Jr who was a principal investigator in the SWOG Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial (PCPT) will speak to these findings at the 2018 Annual American Urological Association Meeting in San Francisco.

“These results are transformational. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in American men, and we have found an inexpensive, effective drug that can prevent it. I’m pleased to report that we’ve answered the questions and closed the book,” says Thompson.

The PCPT study included 18,882 men in a randomised trial and investigators found that taking finasteride reduced prostate cancer risk by up to 25%.

The negatives

The same study did also find that the drug did result in a small increase in the number of high-grade prostate cancers; which is why warning labels were placed on prescription bottles.

However, subsequent research does show that there is “no statistically significant increased risk of prostate cancer death with finasteride.”

Where to find finasteride

Man Cave Sydney is the first men’s aesthetic clinic in Australia to offer finasteride. A prescription is required though so you will need to consult with a doctor at the clinic if you want to start benefitting from this drug.