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FDA Panel Votes Against Drugs Said to Prevent Prostate Cancer
Date:12/1/2010

revent are slow-growing, meaning they are non-aggressive and probably not life-threatening for anyone with a life expectancy of less than 20 years.

But even if the tumors aren't aggressive, Glaxo has said they often involve unnecessary treatment and biopsies, or surgical procedures, to diagnose cancer, that pose risks of their own.

Also, slightly more aggressive tumors were seen in men taking Avodart and Proscar, compared with those taking placebo pills, according to the FDA. But the pharamaceutical companies say the drugs simply make those tumors easier to detect because they shrink the prostate.

The U.S. National Cancer Institute estimates that 217,730 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year and 32,050 men will die of it.

More information

For more on prostate cancer, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

-- Margaret Steele

SOURCES: U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Associated Press


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