For An Extra Measure of Safety Ask Your Doctor About Proscar with “Active Surveillance”

Studies have shown that taking Avodart or Proscar lowers the risk of developing prostate cancer by as much as 23%.  These drugs inhibit the conversion of testosterone to its active metabolite, dihydrotestosterone. You may recall that Avodart is one of the drugs used to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).

I am not a proponent of prescribing medications to prevent disease. We’d be much better off modifying some of our behaviors, like cigarette smoking and lack of exercise, than taking drugs which have side effects. Unless you I had a strong family history of prostate cancer,  I wouldn’t take them myself.  However, it might be a good idea for you to discuss taking either Proscar or Avodart if you have localized prostate cancer and decided upon “active surveillance” as your treatment.

About six years ago, a client approached me with his problem. In case you don’t know I have a patient advocacy business to help folks get the information they need about their illness (or family member who is sick) so they can fully participate with their doctor in the decision process. Anyway, this fellow had been diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. He was 55 and not married. He was enjoying a robust social life and one day hoped to get married and have children. He was worried about the side effects of surgery and wanted to know about other treatment options. I told him about “active surveillance”, and suggested he speak with a renowned urologist who happened to be at the institution where I was on the faculty. I’ve known this urologist for many years and he was a supporter of prostatectomy to cure prostate cancer. Much to my surprise, he suggested “active surveillance” along with Proscar to my client.

If you have localized disease, get a second opinion and talk to your doctor and “active surveillance” and Proscar.


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