According to a new study, it is believed that men predisposed to baldness are likely to develop an aggressive type of prostate, but the authors of the study didn’t say anything relevant about cause and effect and therefore, the men who have gone bald don’t know whether to be concern or not.
Michael Cook, who works at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, division of cancer epidemiology and genetics, is the co-author of the study which published on September, 15, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He said that it’s possible for men with hair loss problems to be diagnosed later with prostate cancer, and he specified that male pattern baldness begins with the loss of frontal hair line, it advances to the top of the head, leaving a “trail” of hair in the middle. This is caused by “a cumulative, lifelong exposure to testosterone in the skin”, as Dr. Charles Ryan explained. Dr. Ryan is working at the University of California from San Francisco, at the department of medicine, and he added an editorial in the journal.
According to Dr. Ryan, the level of testosterone isn’t the causative factor for cancer, but the skin doesn’t process the hormone very well, and this is where hair-loss treatments come into play and block the effect of the male hormone – testosterone, on the skin.
If the person doesn’t try any of the hair-loss treatments, the high level of testosterone from his body can determine the appearance of prostate cancer. To come up with this conclusion, the researchers monitored 40,000 American men that participated to the study between 1993 and 2001 and their ages were between 55 and 74 years old. They were required to answer if they had problems with hair loss at the age of 45, and 18 percent of them admitted that they started to loose their hair at this age.
Between 2006 and 2008, 600 out of 1,100 men diagnosed with prostate cancer, were facing an aggressive type of prostate cancer.