Study: Going Bald Means Greater Risk of Prostate Cancer
A new study suggests men who are going bald are more likely to have prostate cancer, but one doctor isn't reading too much into it.
The study of 214 men from the University of Toronto showed that bald or balding men who had biopsies of their prostates were more likely to have cancer than men who had hair. But Dr. Anuj Agarwala, a medical oncologist with Community Health Network, says the study was too small to show a link, and says all men regardless of how much hair they have should talk to their doctors about regular prostate screenings after the age of 40.
Agarwala says he understands the rationale for the study, to see if male hormones known as androgens were linked to both male pattern baldness and prostate cancer. But Agarwala says the risk of prostate cancer is high in men, especially as they get older, and only your personal physician can properly assess your risk factors.