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Propecia Could Save 70,000 Men From Prostate Cancer

Warding off prostate cancer may be as easy as growing your hair, according to new data published in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The researchers followed up on patients from one of their previous studies, and found that the baldness drug finasteride, also known as Propecia, reduced the risk of prostate cancer by more than a third, and resulted in less-severe side effects than previously thought. The findings may help assuage the fears that doctors and patients had over prescribing Propecia, said Steve Clinton, MD, a prostate cancer specialist at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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