A massive 10-year study of the diabetes drug Actos has found a 13% increased risk of prostate cancer.
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Study Links Actos and Prostate Cancer
Several years after Actos (pioglitazone) was approved, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked Takeda Pharmaceuticals to conduct a 10-year observational study.
The 5-year results of the study linked Actos with a 40% increased risk of bladder cancer, prompting a Safety Warning from the FDA in 2011.
The 10-year results also found a 41% increased risk of pancreatic cancer and a 13% increased risk of prostate cancer. The findings are concerning because several studies have found lower rates of prostate cancer among diabetic men.
The FDA did not immediately take any action to restrict Actos or issue new warnings, but our lawyers believe an association may exist and we are concerned that Takeda has not fully researched the risk.
The study was published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in July 2015. Conclusions were based on data from nearly 240,000 adults in California over 40 years old between 1997-2012.
Diabetes and Prostate Cancer
Recent studies indicate that men with type-2 diabetes are actually less likely to develop prostate cancer. In 2013, a meta-analysis of 45 studies involving 8.1 million people also found lower rates of prostate cancer among diabetic men.
What is the problem?
Prostate cancer occurs when cells start growing uncontrollably in the prostate, which is a walnut-sized reproductive gland below the bladder.
Over time, the prostate naturally grows larger. About 80% of men eventually develop benign (non-cancerous) enlargement of the prostate. The problem is that in some cases, an enlarged prostate is cancerous. Fortunately, prostate cancer is often slow-growing and some men might never need treatment.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
- Problems urinating (slow or weak urination, frequent urination at night)
- Blood in urine
- Erectile dysfunction
- Pain in the hips, back (spine), chest, or other areas
- Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet
- Loss of bladder control
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