Propecia® Breast Cancer Lawsuit | Propecia Breast Cancer Lawyer
Tweet Among the many adverse side effects to be linked to the popular hair loss treatment drug Propecia, perhaps the most severe is male breast cancer. It is a rare disease, occurring in less than 1% of men from the general population, that forms in the male breast tissue. Signs and symptoms of Propecia-induced breast cancer may include male breast enlargement, lumps or pain in the breast area, and unusual discharge from the nipples.
Propecia Update 4/12/12: The warning labels of Propecia and Proscar will be updated to include information about sexual side effects, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday. The administration’s action came in response to its review of hundreds of adverse event reports that had been linked to the drugs. Click here to learn more.
Free Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered from sexual dysfunction or been diagnosed with cancer after taking Propecia (finasteride) or Proscar, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Propecia and we can help.
What is Male Breast Cancer?
Although breast cancer occurs far less frequently in men than women, the conditions exhibit similar characteristics in both sexes. The disease begins when normal breast cells grow uncontrollably, resulting in an unusual mass called a tumor. Tumors can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), in which case the tumor has the ability to metastasize and spread to other locations in the body. Breast cancer is seen less commonly in men because their breast duct cells are less developed than those of women, and because their breast cells are not constantly exposed to the growth-promoting effects of estrogen.
Propecia & Breast Cancer
The risk of developing male breast cancer may be increased in individuals who take Propecia over an extended period of time, according to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute:
Finasteride shrinks androgen-dependent prostate tissue by inhibiting steroid 5α-reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). However, inhibition of DHT production alters the estrogen-to-androgen ratio and may also increase the risk of gynecomastia and male breast cancer. Reports to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from June 1992 through February 1995 showed that gynecomastia had been observed in 214 men receiving finasteride therapy. Two of these men were subsequently found to have invasive ductal breast carcinoma. There was also a higher incidence of gynecomastia in men participating in the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial. The rate of gynecomastia was 426 (4.5%) of 9423 subjects randomly assigned to the finasteride arm compared with 261 (2.8%) of 9457 subjects randomly assigned to the placebo arm. There was one case of breast cancer in each arm of the trial.
Propecia Breast Cancer Symptoms
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Been Taking Propecia for 7 Yrs
Like you my hair was receding so I went to my Doc and got a prescription and been taking it ever since - btw all of my brothers are very bald - it has both stopped any further baldness but has also regrown alot of my lost hair - so I would recommend it to you absolutly.
Propecia is a 1 millegram does of a drug used to prevent prostate cancer in men. The dosage for that purpose starts at 6 millegrams. At that dosage there is some greater side effects that include possible breast growth. Yes it is and anti-androgen but in the dosage to maintain hair it is at a too weak a dose to cause any feminizing effects