Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Hair loss drug could screw up your PSA

…4.4 million men, worldwide, use the hair loss drug Propecia. Active ingredient: finasteride, which prevents testosterone from breaking down.

…Scientists already suspected the high levels of finasteride in Proscar (for prostate enlargement) could reduce levels of prostate specific antigen, or PSA.

…Now the lower levels in Propecia apparently can also do it.

…This means a safe PSA reading could be falsely low and a cancer indicator would be missed.

…This means the rubber glove exam is even more important than ever.

…The study was published in Lancet Oncology. Men taking a mg of Propecia daily saw their PSA drop almost 50 percent. Men on the placebo saw no change.

…Ask your doctor. Prostate cancer is diagnosed a number of ways. This is especially important if you are treating hair loss.


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