(PARIS) - A new study suggests that early hair loss in men may show an increased risk of prostate cancer later in life, reports HealthDay News.
Researchers at the European Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris found that men with prostate cancer were two times more likely to have started balding in their 20s, although it did not suggest that those who developed the early signs of male pattern baldness would develop prostate cancer earlier.
Study authors said they will work to determine whether this finding may help them narrow down prostate cancer screening.
"At present, there is no hard evidence to show any benefit from screening the general population for prostate cancer," said study author Dr. Philippe Giraud from the European Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris. "We need a way of identifying those men who are at high risk of developing the disease. Balding at the age of 20 may be one of these easily identifiable risk factors, and more work needs to be done now to confirm this."
The team said it is too soon to conclude that early male pattern baldness and prostate cancer are indeed linked.
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