There can be no doubt that men have a variety of reasons to feel a little down if they begin to lose their hair.
However these worries may be about to get worse if the results of a new study are to be believed.
However, experts say there’s no reason for balding men to add cancer to their list of worries — at least not yet. The study’s findings are too preliminary to change the way men are treated or screened, says co-author Michael Blaise Cook, a researcher at the National Institutes of Health.
Researchers have looked into the relationship between hair loss and prostate cancer for years, because both are related to male hormone levels, Cook says.
Identifying Risk Factors
Doctors who study prostate cancer have been looking for risk factors for the disease as a way to save lives and to avoid putting healthy guys through needless testing. They haven’t identified a lot of things that increase a man’s risk, other than being African-American or having a close male relative die of the disease. About 233,000 American men get prostate cancer every year and 29,000 die from it.
So far, studies of baldness and prostate cancer have produced contradictory results, says Timothy Wilt, a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, who was not involved in the new study.
While African-American men are at higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer, for example, they’re less likely than white men to go bald, Wilt says.
And baldness is far more common than prostate cancer. While about half of men are balding by middle age, fewer than 3% of men die from aggressive prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
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