Premature Baldness Is Linked To Increased Risks Of Prostate Cancer

Those men who suffer from hair loss since their early age now have serious reasons to worry. According to the findings of a new study published recently in the Annals of Oncology journal, premature baldness in young men has strong links with increased risks of prostate cancer. This type of cancer is becoming more and more common nowadays, and statistical reports show that annually about 10,000 British men and almost 40,000 American men lose their lives due to prostate cancer.

Premature baldnessA group of Canadian and French scientists from the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris have studied medical history of about 670 middle-aged and older men, a half of which had pre-existing conditions for developing prostate cancer.  The participants were interviewed about their baldness patterns in youth, and it was found out that those who have prostate cancer condition were more likely to suffer from hair loss in their early 20s.

Prof. Philippe Giraud from the Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy at the Georges Pompidou Hospital says: “Age 20 has a strong correlation with baldness and cancer risk.” It is estimated that the risk of prostate cancer for premature baldness sufferers may rise up to 50%. According to Prof. Giraud, there are two reasons which cause the links between there two condition. The first is increased testosterone levels which are associated both with prostate cancer and premature baldness. Genetic factors are the second issue.

The biggest disadvantage of this research is a lack of knowledge about the mechanism of the connections between two stated factors. That is why many specialists criticize these assumptions. There is a really long list of factors and causes behind increased risks of prostate cancer, including family history and genetic predisposition, ethnic origin, age, daily diet and eating habits, lifestyle, BMI and so on. Therefore, the experts question the importance and role of premature baldness as a leading issue indicating higher risks of prostate cancer.

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