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Monday, April 1, 2013

Study Says Balding May Be a Sign of Prostate Cancer in African-American Men

Balding African American Man

CBS News recently reported about a new study where researchers are saying that baldness in African American men may be a sign of prostate cancer - the 2nd most deadliest form of cancer among men. The study was conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Researcher Charnita Zeigler-Johnson, commented, "We focused on African-American men because they are at high risk for developing prostate cancer and are more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than other groups in the United States. Although this is a high-risk group for poor prostate cancer outcomes, no published study had focused on evaluating baldness as a potential risk factor in a sample of African-American men."

According to CBS:

Researchers looked at 318 men with prostate cancer and 219 control subjects. All the participants were African-American and had varying degrees of baldness. They were enrolled in a study pool between 1998 and 2010, and had completed a medical history questionnaire on the type of baldness they had — none, frontal and vertex (top of the head baldness).

Participants who had any baldness were associated with a 69 percent increased risk of prostate cancer. Twenty percent of those who had prostate cancer had some level of baldness by the age of 30, but 13 percent of the control subjects had baldness as well.

Most notably, African-American men who had frontal baldness instead of vertex baldness were twice as likely to be diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.

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