A new research has revealed that men with moderate baldness affecting both the front and the crown of their head at the age of 45 have 40 % higher risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer later in life than their non-bald counterparts.
The research from Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial indicated that there was no significant link between other patterns of baldness and prostate cancer risk.
Senior author Michael B. Cook said that while their data show a strong possibility for a link between the development of baldness and aggressive prostate cancer, it was too soon to apply these findings to patient care.
Cook added that if these findings are confirmed by further studies, medical assessment of baldness could possibly be used to help identify men who may be at increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
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His research team is currently conducting two additional cohort analyses exploring the relationship between male pattern baldness and risk of developing and dying from prostate cancer.
The study is published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.