The four-year REDUCE (Reduction by DUtasteride of prostate Cancer Events) study showed that dutasteride decreased the risk of biopsy detectable prostate cancer by 22.8% compared to placebo. Newly released results from a follow-up study show that few new prostate cancers were detected during the two-year follow-up in either treatment group and no deaths were reported. 

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However, the former dutasteride group produced double the number of cancers than the former placebo group. John Schieszer has the story in today’s Medical Minute.