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No matter how early – or late – in life a man experiences hair loss, it is highly damaging to his self-esteem. While hair loss often occurs as part of aging, stress and other conditions may also be at fault. Based on a recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, early onset baldness in black men may be a cause for concern, as it is linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer. How did these findings surface?
Researchers reviewed the medical records of 537 black men, 318 of whom had prostate cancer. Not only was baldness linked to a greater risk of prostate cancer, the location of the baldness was associated with varying degrees of prostate cancer. For instance, baldness, especially before the age of 60, on the front of the head showed greater incidences of high-stage tumors. Prostate cancer screenings are typically recommended for men beginning at the age of 40, or earlier if prostate cancer runs in their family. Based on this study, black men experiencing baldness before the age of 40 should also undergo regular prostate cancer screenings.
Hair loss can be devastating to men and women of all ages. If you are experiencing hair loss, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating hair loss and other conditions of the skin, hair and nails. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Westchester County (Ossining), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.