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Early Hair Loss Could Mean Higher Risk of Prostate Cancer

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(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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Scientists to Find a Cure to Male Balding in 10 Years?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- There is new research supporting the hopes of 50 million American men: they might be able to get their hair back. The secret to a baldness breakthrough just might be hidden in the scalp.

Researchers originally thought that men who were balding must have fewer of the necessary stem cells that produce hair. They were stunned to learn that the number of cells in bald men was actually the same as in men with full heads of hair.

"We were surprised to find a totally normal number of stem cells in the hair follicles in the bald scalp," Dr. George Cotsarelis, the chairman of the dermatology department at the University of Pennsylvania said. "So this raised hope to people that we can come up with a way of activating these stem cells."

Scientists say, with those stem cells in the scalp already, all that needs to happen is to get those cells to produce the secondary cells that produce hair.

Stem cells produce progenitor cells, or so-called workhouse cells.

"If we figure out a way to wake up those stem cells, get them to make hair for progenitor cells, that would go a long way toward developing a treatment," Dr Cotsarelis told ABC News.

Researchers predict they'll be able to do that within a decade. But until then, millions of customers will be left waiting, and spending.

An estimated $3.5 billion is already spent on hopes for new hair such as Rogaine and Hair Club for Men.

This is no surprise, considering a man has a 50 percent chance of experiencing hair loss by his 50th birthday.

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