Bladder Cancer Mortality in Men Lower When treated with Prostate Enlargement medication Dutasteride or Finasteride


Use of 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs, Dutasteride or Finasteride) is associated with a lower risk of dying from bladder cancer among men newly diagnosed with the malignancy, researchers reported at the 33rdEuropean Association of Urology Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In a study of 10,720 men newly diagnosed with bladder cancer during 1997 to 2012, the researchers found that 5-ARI use before diagnosis and after diagnosis was associated with a significant 15% and 22% decreased the risk of bladder cancer-specific death, respectively, compared with non-use.

The study supports the role of androgens and benefits of 5-alpha-reductase inhibition in the progression of bladder cancer, the investigators concluded.


Mäkelä VJ, Kotsar A, Tammela TL, Murtola TJ. Bladder cancer survival in men using 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. Data presented at the 33rd European Association of Urology Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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