Men who go bald early may have higher risk for prostate cancer

Apr 25, 2011

Men who begin balding at a young age may have a higher risk for prostate cancer.

Men who begin to lose their hair at 20 are more likely to develop prostate cancer later on in life, according to a recent article in the journal Annals of Oncology.

Researchers conducted a study of 388 men who were being treated for prostate cancer and compared them to a control group of 281 healthy men. They asked participants to indicate their history with prostate cancer if any, and look at images depicting different stages of baldness. Respondents told researchers whether they had any of the stages of balding at ages 20, 30 or 40.

"There were only three men with stage III and none with stage IV hair loss at the age of 20, but the data revealed that any balding at stages II-IV was associated with double the risk of prostate cancer later in life," lead researcher Dr. Michael Yassa reported.

Prostate cancer is a life-threatening illness and is the number one cause of cancer-related death in men. Though more research is needed, men who experience balding may potentially benefit from taking out a life insurance policy while they are still healthy to avoid the difficulties of obtaining one once diagnosed.

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