Medicines such as finasteride (Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart) have been used to ease the symptoms of prostate enlargement. At first, experts believed that these medications might reduce the risk of prostate cancer. A clinical trial suggested, however, that they might simultaneously increase a man’s risk of a serious prostate cancer.

 A new study collected data on nearly 40,000 men between 1996 and 2010. Approximately 10 percent of the men developed prostate cancer during that time. The Harvard researchers found no relationship between the use of finasteride or dutasteride and high-grade prostate cancer.

The men taking such drugs were less likely to develop prostate cancer at all, lowering their risk by approximately 5 percent. This should make men more comfortable about using these medications to help control symptoms of benign prostate enlargement.

 [JAMA Internal Medicine, online June 2, 2014]

Men may wish to discuss a different side effect of these medications, however.  Some men report lasting difficulty with sexual function even after discontinuing the drugs.

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  1. Torrence
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  2. JO
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    what else works without sexual side effects?

  3. George R.
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    I use stinging nettle 300 mg. Not sure how much it helps. Whast are more options?

  4. Torrence
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    Being 77, I have had a large prostate for many years and for a long time had problems with the stream when going to the bathroom. I took one of those stupip pills that had so many BAD side effects, that was supposed to help and it did, but the side effects, especially long term are not worth the treatment.
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