Finasteride does not increase risk of prostate cancer death, SWOG results show
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IMAGE: Dr. Ian Thompson, Jr., was principal investigator of SWOG’s Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial, one of the largest cancer prevention trials ever conducted. view more 

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PORTLAND, OR – Twenty five years after it opened for enrollment, the landmark Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial has delivered a final verdict. Finasteride, a common hormone-blocking drug, reduces mens’ risk of getting prostate cancer without increasing their risk of dying from the disease. Initial study findings suggested there may be a link between use of the drug and a more lethal form of prostate cancer, but long-term follow-up shows that is not true.

Dr. Ian Thompson, Jr., principal investigator of SWOG’s Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial, or PCPT, will deliver the findings May 19 at the Journal of Urology Lecture at the 2018 Annual American Urological Association Meeting in San Francisco. The meeting is the largest gathering of urologists in the world.

“What we can now say is that finasteride not only significantly reduces a man’s risk of prostate cancer, it is safe to use based on very long-term follow-up in our study,” said Thompson. “In PCPT, we found no increased risk of prostate cancer death in men who took finasteride

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