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article imageStudy finds men bald by 40 have higher risk of prostate cancer

By Marcus Hondro     Jan 28, 2013 in Health
A study in Australia found that men who become bald by the age of 40 have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. The results support the data from earlier studies on the same subject.
The study results were published in the Fall in the science journal 'Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention' but went unnoticed by many major publications. The U.K. newspaper, the Daily Mail, reported on the study on Jan. 22, 2013.
In their study, Age-Dependent Associations between Androgenetic Alopecia and Prostate Cancer Risk, researchers at the University of Melbourne and Cancer Epidemiology Centre in Victoria, Australia, monitored 9,448 men who took part in a health-related study called the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort study for hair loss.
Male Pattern Baldness and Prostate Cancer
These men, between the ages of 40 and 69 in the early 1990's when the study began, were asked questions pertaining to the amount of hair loss they had experienced by the age of 20 and the age of 40. They were asked to score that hair loss numerically. The men were then tracked over a period of years to see how many went on to develop prostate cancer, and if they did develop it, at what age.
The study found that the "cumulative probability of prostate cancer" was greater in the men who experienced significant male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, by the age of 40. Those men, the study found, not only had a higher likelihood of developing prostate cancer but of developing it earlier than the average.
Study inconclusive re: severity of cancer
The study did not provide details as to whether this meant the prostate cancer contacted was a non-aggressive cancer or a cancer that lead to death, or if there was any relationship between male pattern baldness by 40 and prostate cancer leading to death. The study simply concluded that "vertex androgenetic alopecia at age of 40 years might be a marker of increased risk of early-onset prostate cancer."
Other studies connecting male pattern baldness and prostate cancer have found that high levels of testosterone may be the reason the two are linked. The study noted here did not look into why men with early male pattern baldness had a higher probability of developing prostate cancer.
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