Proscar (finasteride) and Avodart (dutasteride) are prescriptions pills FDA approved to treat enlarged prostate, or BPH They are in a class of drugs call "5 Alpha Reductase Inhibitors". They are not FDA approved to treat prostate cancer (in fact the FDA made a ruling about this in 2012) , or prevent prostate cancer, but they have been shown in some studies have an effect on both prevention, and treatment. PCRI's Executive Director, Dr Mark Scholz wrote more about this in 2014 - Avodart & Proscar, and in 2011 - Avodart & Proscar for Men on Active Surveillance. Proscar and Avodart also:
Help treat pre-cancerous cells of the prostate (High Grade PIN and ASAP)
May help with male pattern baldness (Propecia is a form of finasteride)
Dr Charles Snuffy Myers also uses this as part of his clinical practice:
See his short videos -
Weigh the risks and benefits for yourself. Discuss with your physician(s).