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Balding Men at Greater Risk for Prostate Cancer Death

By    |   Friday, 24 April 2015 03:33 PM

Bald men may face a greater risk of dying from prostate cancer, a new study suggests.

By analyzing the medical records of more than 4,000 American men, National Cancer Institute researchers found those with any degree of male-pattern balding were 56 percent more likely to die from prostate cancer over a 21-year period, compared with their hairier peers, Live Science reports.

What's more, those with moderate balding were 83 percent more likely to die from prostate cancer.

The findings suggest similar factors at work in both balding and prostate cancer, including the possibility that high levels of male hormones (such as testosterone) play a role in both conditions.

Bald men have higher levels of male hormones, which are believed to fuel the growth of prostate cancer cells.

Lead researcher Cindy Zhou, a postdoctoral fellow at the NCI, said it’s too soon to make any recommendations about screening men for prostate cancer based on the findings.

"We still need future studies to replicate what we observed," Zhou said.

But the study, presented this week at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Philadelphia, suggests male pattern baldness might be used as one indicator of a man's risk of developing prostate cancer. That, in turn, could help determine which men should undergo prostate cancer screening, the researchers said.


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