Patients with prostate cancer are twice as likely to have had androgenic alopecia at age 20

Friday, February 25, 2011 (Last Updated: 02/28/2011)

FRIDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) - Early-onset androgenic alopecia is associated with the development of prostate cancer later in life, according to a study published online Feb. 15 in the Annals of Oncology.

Michael Yassa, M.D., of the European Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris, and colleagues investigated whether early-onset androgenic alopecia was associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. A total of 388 men with a history of prostate cancer and 281 men without were asked to score their balding patterns at age 20, 30, and 40.

The investigators found that androgenic alopecia was associated with an increased incidence of prostate cancer. Men with prostate cancer were twice as likely as controls to have androgenic alopecia at age 20. The hair-loss pattern was not associated with prostate cancer development. No association was identified between early-onset androgenic alopecia and earlier age of prostate cancer diagnosis, or with the development of a more aggressive disease.

"This study shows an association between early-onset androgenic alopecia and the development of prostate cancer. Whether this population can benefit from routine prostate cancer screening or systematic use of 5-alpha reductase inhibitors as primary prevention remains to be determined," the authors write.

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Specialties Hematology & Oncology
Family Practice
Internal Medicine

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