A major study released in America in August has found that Propecia, a common hair loss treatment, carries the significant added benefit of helping users avoid the development of prostate cancer. The findings will be welcome news for men across Britain, as 40,000 news cases of the disease are diagnosed every year – equivalent to one in every eight. In the US, 30,000 men die from prostate cancer each year.
No evidence of tumour growth
The cancer fighting abilities of Propecia had been recognised as early as 1995, but concerns about side effects led the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), who are responsible for licensing and regulating medications in the USA, to turn down a request to have Propecia licensed for cancer treatment. Eighteen years and thousands of hours of research later, researchers have finally proven that men taking Propecia are almost a third less likely to experience tumour growth than those who are not.
Prevent rather than cure
Dr Michael LeFevre, who led the research, published his findings in the New England Journal of Medicine. LeFevre was very careful to point out that Propecia, or Finasteride as it is also known, was unsuitable for treating cancer, but that it could help prevent the development of the disease. According to the findings, Propecia can be used to ease suffering by lowering the risk of contracting prostate cancer, rather than shrinking tumours or reversing cancerous cell growth.
Proven hair regrowth ability
Although originally designed to help treat Benign Prostate Hyperplasia in older men, Propecia was discovered to be extremely effective in preventing the formation of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a key factor in the onset of male pattern balding which prevents the growth of new hair.
By limiting the formation and activity of DHT, hair loss is slowed, stopped or reversed. Propecia is a key weapon against DHT, and has been shown to promote natural hair regrowth in the majority of men using the drug.
Boosting hair regrowth potential
For men serious about restoring their hairlines, Propecia can be used in tandem with a second hair loss treatment known as Minoxidil, and various hair growth boosters. Used as part of a holistic treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and circumstances, these medications and booster products can offer outstanding regrowth potential.
Other factors such as diet, rest and exercise all play a part in maintaining general health and helping to grow healthy hair, underlining the importance of using a proper hair regrowth treatment plan, rather than simply relying on drugs alone. The good news is that men taking Propecia may also be preventing the onset of life-threatening prostate cancer, offering a double incentive to begin treatment and regrowth.