Health Watch -- More on prostate research

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This week on Healthwatch, we're talking about prostate disease and prostate cancer - an important topic for men. Yesterday, we discussed the research from UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas that led to the development of one of the key drugs for treating prostate disease.

Last year, researchers reported that this drug, finasteride, not only treats benign enlargement of the prostate, but also helps prevent or delay prostate cancer. That report was the culmination of more than 30 years of research.

Doctors at medical centers across the country, including UT Southwestern, followed the progress of nearly 10,000 men being treated with this drug over a seven-year period. The drug appeared to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer by nearly 25 percent, in addition to relieving some of the urinary symptoms associated with enlarged prostate.

Next on Healthwatch: what you need to do about enlarged prostate and prostate cancer.


Nov. 2004

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