Prostate Cancer and Balding: Is There a Link?

Recent Medicure Polyclinic studies showed that male baldness can lead to a higher risk of prostate cancer occurrence. There were analyzed 45 years old men with moderate baldness in the front and crown. The tests showed that this category of men has 40% increased risk of cancer developing than men with no baldness at their 40s.

Testosterone as the Most Potent Androgen Hormone

Greeks invented androgens, which are now used by doctors to name male hormones. The word Androgen means “man-maker”, and that’s a right term. The most important male androgen (hormone) is Testosterone. It is responsible for increased muscle mass, stronger bones, deep voice, and overall male behavior. The level of aggression, libido and sexual performance, normal erection, growth of genitals during puberty and sperm production in adult life are all dependable on the testosterone. Moreover, testosterone also affects the liver. If there is too much of this hormone, it can cause the liver disease and increase the production of bad LDL cholesterol, at the same time lowering the amount of good HDL cholesterol. Despite the fact that testosterone acts on many tissues, some of its effects don’t occur until it finally converts into another androgen, called DHT. The DHT as a result is responsible for other issues, including baldness.

Baldness and Prostate Cancer

Despite the fact that male baldness and prostate cancer are two different things, DHT acts both on hair loss and on the growth of prostate cells in older men. But, it is important to note that men with only one specific type of baldness- in front and moderately around the crown of the head- are 39% more likely to have prostate cancer than those who don’t have balding. Other types of baldness were not considered to cause risk of developing of prostate cancer.

Medicure Doctors suggest paying attention to men with this type of baldness in their 40s. It can become an early warning sign. However there are still a lot of debates among doctors about the necessity of screening for prostate cancer all men, regardless of their balding.