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Prostate cancer

  • Alternative Names

    Cancer - prostate; Biopsy - prostate; Prostate biopsy; Gleason score


    Following a vegetarian, low-fat diet or one that is similar to the traditional Japanese diet may lower your risk. This would include foods high in omega-3 fatty acids.

    Finasteride (Proscar, generic) and dutasteride (Avodart) are drugs used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

    The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Urological Association (AUA) recommend that doctors discuss the pros and cons of these drugs with men who:

    • Have a PSA score of 3.0 or below
    • Are being screened yearly for prostate cancer
    • Do not yet show signs of prostate cancer

    Not all experts agree with this recommendation.


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