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Preventive prostate medication

American authorities are suggesting that some healthy men with no symptoms should start taking a drug to prevent prostate cancer.

New U.S. guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Urological Association , recommend that healthy men who are regularly screened for prostate cancer should talk to their doctors about taking a hormone-inhibiting drug called  finasteride. The medication, which is sold under a number of brand names, lowers the level of a hormone which can contribute to the growth of prostate cancer.

The panel based its recommendations on several studies — in particular the 2003 Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial  — which showed that the drug can reduce the risk of the disease by about 25 percent.

‘The doctors stress that they aren’t saying you should take this drug. But if you’re a man over 55, it’s a conversation you should have with your doctor.

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