Baldness linked to Increased Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer

Baldness linked to Increased Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer

According to a new research report, male pattern baldness may be an indicator of an aggressive form of prostate cancer. For now, the study has just established an association between the two as per which, men who have pattern baldness also have more chances to be diagnosed with the cancer.

Further study is needed to confirm the link as well as to know how these two are associated. For the study, Michael Cook, an epidemiologist in the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, and his colleagues followed men who took part in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial.

Main aim was to see whether or not these men show an association between male pattern baldness and prostate cancer. More than 39,000 men in the PLCO cohort were involved in the study and were aged between 55 and 74.

These men did not have cancer at the time of enrolment for the study. Volunteers shared that their hair-loss started at the age of 45 and 18% of the men recalled getting male pattern baldness at the 45th year of their lives.

Male pattern baldness is a type of baldness that is associated with a pattern of hair loss when the front hairline begins to recede at the same time as the top of the back of the head.

Researchers noted that eventually more than 1,100 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and around 600 people of them were dealing with aggressive prostate cancer.

"It is inconceivable that, in the future, male pattern baldness may play a small role in estimating risk of prostate cancer and may contribute to discussions between doctors and patients about prostate cancer screening", affirmed study's co-author Michael Cook.

Cook said his team is carrying out two more cohort analysis to know more about the link between male pattern baldness and risk of developing prostate cancer.

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