Early Signs of Balding Might be Linked to Prostate Cancer

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Early signs of balding could be blamed on bad genetics.

Researchers have been investigating the relationship between balding in young men and the likelihood of getting prostate cancer.  Researchers have not been able to connect the two factors.  However, in a new scientific study done on African American men who have the highest rates of prostate cancer researchers did find a possible relationship between early balding and prostate cancer.

The research team took 527 participants who were already enrolled in the Study of Clinical Outcomes, Risk and Ethnicity (SCORE) from the years of 1998 to 2010.  The participants of the study were 318 who were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 219 healthy men were used in the control group.

The study findings showed that men with any kind of balding whether it is frontal to vertex baldness, had a 69 percent higher risk than men who did not have signs of baldness in developing prostate cancer.

Are there biological reasons behind balding and cancer?

Researchers do believe that the hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) has been linked to prostate cancer and the thinning of hair follicles and it could help explain the risk factors for this particular cancer.

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