Bald at Youth Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer

Baldness in men occurs generally over the age of 50 years. However, if you experience more quickly, watch out for an increased risk of prostate cancer.

A recent study on African-American men showed a high risk of prostate cancer in men who experience hair loss. A similar study on Caucasian men show the same thing.

The latest study was conducted on African-American men because they are the group most men with prostate cancer in the United States. The risk of death was also approximately doubled.

The participants in the study consisted of 318 men with prostate cancer and 219 healthy men. They were interviewed about the diagnosis of prostate cancer and whether baldness is experienced at the age of 30 years.

In general, men who suffer from baldness to 69 percent risk of developing prostate cancer, while men with baldness in the forehead six times greater risk of developing prostate cancer at the age of 60 years than men who are not bald.

Type of baldness is known to have different effects. Men with hair loss around the head (frontal hair loss) are at greater risk than men with baldness on the crown of the head or crown. This is in contrast with previous studies that concluded there was no difference in the risk of different types of baldness.

Why balding linked to risk of prostate cancer is not yet clear. However, experts believe it is because of hormonal changes. Solving the male hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer as well as thinning of the hair follicle.

Higher incidence of prostate cancer in African-American men also indicate the presence of genetic factors. However, it still continues to be explored by researchers.