Alopecia, commonly known as baldness is a serious cosmetic concern for the male individuals. Although the condition is rarely considered pathogenic in male gander but due a significant sign of aging as called by society, the condition brings male to a stressful threshold. In males baldness is most commonly labelled as androgenic alopecia i.e. male pattern baldness due to sex hormone is the loss of hair in the head region. Testosterone- the dominating androgenic hormone marks the aetiology of this hair loss. One thing in this regard is the androgens in male does not only contribute to baldness but is the successful culprit in developing prostate cancer in men too.
A research published in journal of Oncology this week concluded that men with baldness at age 45 have a 40% increased threat to develop aggressive prostate cancer. The analysis was a part of Colorectal, Lung, Prostate and Ovarian Screening trial .Nevertheless, the study reveals that the risk exists with a specific form of baldness. The research data that comprised of 39,000 men with age being the major variable showed the hostile cancer affecting prostrate was associated with frontal and crown pattern of baldness in men. Individuals from age 55 to 77 years old were made part of the study, however on the follow up 1,138 men were diagnosed with prostate cancers later in life, at around 72 years of age, out of which 51% victims were suffering from aggressive cancers.
Dr. Michael Cook , the lead investigator of this research from National Cancer Institute made it clear by saying that no other pattern of hair loss except for hair thinning at frontal and crown regions of head is associated with high risk of prostate cancer at age 45. He also added that our results have build a strong connection between prostate cancer incurring simultaneously and aggressively with specific form of alopecia , however it will take time before applying our research on clinical grounds. He also uttered words of hope by stating that if more scientific studies involve the analysis of this connection, prostate cancer could be diagnosed at an earlier age.
Previously in 2013, a research study conducted in University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on African-American men showed that the danger of developing high risk prostate cancer is twice in victims with frontal baldness.
With conclusions supporting Cook’s research, Timothy Wilth with the University of Minnesota is finding loops in the study. He thinks Cook’s results are contradictory and inconsistent. He supported his argument stating that African-American are more prone to develop aggressive prostate cancers whilst white population are at more risk of getting bald.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer which ranks second among the most common type of cancer in American men is serious yet not life threatening.