Early balding linked to higher risk of prostate cancer

MEN who go bald at a young age face double the risk of developing prostate cancer, compared to men who retain their hair for another decade.

A European case control study found men who began losing their hair in their 20s – but not their 30s or 40s – had a 2.01 relative risk of developing prostate cancer.

However, early baldness was not associated with developing prostate cancer earlier in life or with more aggressive tumours.

The study of 669 men suggested androgenic alopecia, or male pattern baldness, was an “easily identifiable and early-occurring trait” that could warrant screening or chemoprevention.

Annals of Oncology 2011, in press