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Dutasteride, finasteride: high-grade prostate cancer (continued)

 Adverse Effects  In the early 2010s, a trial of finasteride versus placebo in about 19 000 men with no clinical signs of prostate cancer found a decrease in the total number of diagnoses of prostate cancer in the finasteride group, but an increased incidence of particularly aggressive prostate cancer.
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Finasteride and dutasteride are proposed as symptomatic treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia. According to two double-­blind randomised placebo-­controlled trials and several epidemiological studies, they reduce the risk of any-­grade prostate cancer, but increase the risk of high-­grade prostate cancer.

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Source: "Dutasteride, finasteride: high-grade prostate cancer (continued)" Prescrire International 2023; 32 (248): 132-133. Subscribers only.

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