Male hair loss is more common than one may think; according to the American Hair Loss Association, two-thirds of American men will notice some degree of hair loss by age 35. Although hair loss does not typically indicate an underlying health condition, hair loss can be affected by certain medications and cancer treatments.
Prostate cancer and baldness have also been topics of interest for many males. There have been several scientific studies analyzing the link between baldness and the risk of prostate cancer with conflicting results. However, a recent study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention suggests men with early onset baldness may be at higher risk for developing prostate cancer especially African American men.
The study was conducted between 1998 and 2010 and included 318 men with prostate cancer and 219 similar controls. According to the study, men with any signs of baldness had a 69% greater risk of prostate cancer, and young men with frontal hair loss were 6 times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the age of 60 than those without baldness. This is especially relevant for African American men since they have the highest rate of prostate cancer among men in the U.S. and are twice as likely to die from this disease than Caucasian men.
Researchers believe changes in hormone levels, such as dihydrotesterone (DHT) may be linked to a higher risk of prostate cancer and thinning hair follicles. It’s important to note that this study is a small evaluation and continued research is needed to produce more conclusive findings. Although further research is necessary, it’s helpful to be aware of warning signs such as hair loss as they can sometimes reveal an underlying medical issue.
If you are concerned about hair loss, please schedule a consultation with The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration & Research to discuss your hair restoration options. Also be sure to follow the Griffin Center on Facebook and Google+ for the latest hair loss news and information.