Type of baldness linked to prostate cancer risk
Men who start experiencing a certain pattern of baldness by age 45 may be at a higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer later in their lives, according to new research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute said their analysis showed that men who develop hair loss at the front of their heads and thinning at the crown by age 45 were 40 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than men who experienced no baldness. The findings did not show a definitive risk between other hair-loss patterns and prostate cancer.
The research was conducted by analyzing 39,070 men, ages 55 to 74 who completed a questionnaire asking them to recall their hair loss patterns at age 45 by using a pictorial tool. The research team followed up with the participants and found that 1,138 prostate cancer cases were diagnosed at an average age of 72, with 51 percent of those cases being aggressive.
If these studies are confirmed with additional research, the risk of death from prostate cancer may be reduced if men with this baldness pattern learn to begin taking more preventive measures and get examined more frequently by their doctors.