Harvard Perspectives on Prostate Disease

Prevent prostate cancer? Maybe, maybe not.

A message from Editor in Chief Marc B. Garnick, M.D.

In February 2009, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Urological Association issued guidelines recommending that healthy men who are screened regularly for prostate cancer and show no symptoms of the disease talk with their doctor about the benefits and risks of taking a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor (finasteride is one such drug) to reduce the risk of the disease. They also suggest that men who take this type of drug for another condition, such as an enlarged prostate, talk to their doctor about maybe continuing to use it for the possible prevention of cancer.

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