Propecia Could Save 70,000 Men From Prostate Cancer

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The baldness drug propecia could help reduce the risk of prostate cancer with less side-effects than previously thought, according to a new study.

By Amir Khan, Everyday Health Staff Writer

Warding off prostate cancer may be as easy as growing your hair, according to new data published in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The researchers followed up on patients from one of their previous studies, and found that the baldness drug finasteride, also known as Propecia, reduced the risk of prostate cancer by more than a third, and resulted in less-severe side effects than previously thought.

“If you look at the number of prostate cancers that are diagnosed annually and multiply that by 30 percent, that’s the number of cancers we might be able to prevent each year,” Ian Thompson Jr., MD, study author and director…

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