Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Men who start to lose their hair at age 20 may be more likely to develop prostate cancer later in life, a case control study suggested.
The study, involving 388 men with a history of prostate cancer and 281 without, found that those with prostate cancer were twice as likely to have early balding compared with healthy controls, reported Philippe Giraud, MD, PhD, of the Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou in Paris, and colleagues.
However, the study found no link between hair loss at age 20 and early diagnosis of prostate cancer or tumor aggressiveness, Giraud and co-authors reported online in the Annals of Oncology.
Noting that there's currently no evidence of benefit for general screening for prostate cancer, the investigators suggested that their finding may help identify a subgroup of men who would benefit both from screening and possible early treatment.