ANCHOR LEAD: A DRUG CALLED FINASTERIDE MAY HELP REDUCE THE TOLL OF PROSTATE CANCER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Finasteride is a drug that interrupts the action of testosterone on the prostate gland as well as prostate tumors, but its use has been controversial. Now two new studies confirm previous work showing that finasteride can reduce a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer as well as improve detection of lethal tumors. Ballantine Carter, a prostate cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, explains how.
CARTER: Finasteride, since it decreases prostate volume, it also gets rid of a lot of the noise in PSA caused by benign epithelium. Benign components of the prostate make a lot of PSA, and cause a lot of fluctuations in PSA up and down, and finasteride gets rid of a lot of that noise, so to speak, and it makes PSA actually a better predictor. :25
Finasteride is not for everyone, so men should discuss use of the drug with their physician. Side effects such as sexual dysfunction may occur. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.