ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CNN) - Here's another worry for men who go bald early in life, a higher cancer risk. Men who lose their hair as young adults may be at higher risk for prostate cancer than those with a full head of hair.
Men who start to lose their hair by age 20 may be at higher risk of developing prostate cancer later in life, according to a new study released at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
The researchers looked at 388 men with prostate cancer and 281 healthy men and found that those with cancer were twice as likely to have started going bald when they were 20.
They didn't see the same risk in men who started going bald in their 30s or 40s.The study found that men who developed prostate cancer had all kinds of hair loss from a receding hairline to balding in the back of the head.
However, they did not get cancer at an earlier age, nor did they get a more agressive cancer.
Researchers cannot say that a man who starts balding at 20 will get prostate cancer; they just found an association. More research is needed to try to determine why.