Hair Loss Drug Propecia (Finasteride) Linked To Male Breast Cancer
On August 4, 2011, Health Canada issued a warning regarding the potential link between Propecia and male breast cancer. Propecia, which contains finasteride, is used to treat male pattern baldness (receding hairline). Individuals with a receding hairline have hair loss on the vertex (top) and anterior mid-scalp (middle front) areas of the head. Propecia can only work over the long term if it is taken continuously. When patients cease taking Propecia, they are likely to experience hair falling out – within 12 months the amount of hair loss will leave them with their former receding hairline. Thus, because the finasteride containing drug must be used continuously, Propecia users need to understand that there is a risk of breast cancer and be vigilant about checking for any breast lumps or other signs of male breast cancer.
Finasteride Containing Drugs Responsible For Male Breast Cancer
The male breast cancer warning also applied to Proscar, another finasteride containing drug, which is prescribed to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate). Both Propecia and Proscar are manufactured and sold by Merck, and use finasteride as an active ingredient. Proscar was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in 1992 and is available in 5 mg doses; Propecia is a 1 mg dose version of Proscar. Propecia was approved by the FDA to combat male hair loss in 1997. Health Canada required the new label warnings for both Propecia and Proscar after receiving reports that males taking the finasteride containing drugs developed male breast cancer. In addition to changing the drugs’ labeling, Canadian health officials recommended that patients taking Propecia or Proscar report changes such as breast lumps, enlargement, tenderness, pain or nipple discharge to their doctors as these are signs of male breast cancer. In addition to putting users at an increased risk of breast cancer, finasteride containing drugs have been linked to aggressive male cancer of the prostate.
Male Cancer Leads To Propecia Lawsuits
If you or a loved one took Propecia and have been diagnosed with male breast cancer or male cancer of the prostate, you may be eligible to file a Propecia lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries and reimbursement of your expenses. Contact one of our Propecia male cancer attorneys today for a free assessment of your potential lawsuit and find out if you are eligible for compensation. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience, and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients. In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our Propecia male cancer lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.