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Saw palmetto & prostate cancer
Posted by: Bob
Date: September 14, 2002 12:37 AM

I have had an elevated PSA in the past but now it is about 2.5 which is well in the normal range. I take saw palmetto every day.

Am Im masking prostate cancer as is suggested by the site below?

[www.priory.com]


RE: Saw palmetto & prostate cancer
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: September 14, 2002 12:47 AM

I doubt it, but you could go off the saw palmetto for a week or two and take another PSA. If it is above 4.0 you will want to have a Free PSA and that will give you statistics on probability of prostate cancer. That is all you will get in the world of the PSA as this test is not diagnostic. As to the advisability of taking saw palmetto, or Proscar (finestride), the pharmaceutical agent which also suppresses 5-alpha reductase (and thus lowers DHT), it may well be that this action decreases the incidence of prostate cancer. We believe that elevated DHT: induces hair loss, induces benign prostate hypertrophy and may increase the incidence of prostate cancer. The author of the articles states: "I am not saying that saw palmetto or finasteride should never be used, but only that they should be used with careful medical supervision..." I agree with that.



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