Baldness could be sign of prostate cancer

By admin
04 October 2014

A new study has found that men who are bald at 45 are more at risk of developing an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

The research was conducted in the US and discovered males whose hair has gone from the front of their heads, as well as thinning on the crown, were a staggering 40 per cent more likely to have a tumour grow than those who didn't suffer from baldness.

In total, 39 070 men aged between 55 and 74 were monitored, and they were asked to recall what their hair-loss patterns were like at 45, by using a picture tool during a Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial. A follow-up found 1 138 prostate cancer sufferers were diagnosed, with 51 per cent being aggressive, and 72 was the average age males were identified with the illness. The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. When prostate cancer is aggressive, it means the lump is getting bigger quicker than average tumours, and those conducting the experiment said the causes behind baldness and this quick growth include higher level of sex hormones androgens.

'This was baldness at the front and moderate hair-thinning on the crown of the head'

There were no other prominent links between other forms of baldness and the disease. But this latest research did suggest there could be a biological connection between the baldness and cancer, and, along with other studies, it could help warn men if they're in danger.

"Our study found an increased risk for aggressive prostate cancer only in men with a very specific pattern of hair loss," lead author Michael B. Cook of the National Cancer Institute in America explained.

"This was baldness at the front and moderate hair-thinning on the crown of the head, at the age of 45.

"But we saw no increased risk for any form of prostate cancer in men with other hair-loss patterns.

"While our data show a strong possibility for a link between the development of baldness and aggressive prostate cancer, it's too soon to apply these findings to patient care."

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