With a sample of just under 10,000 men, hair loss patterns were noted by a team of researchers in Australia, who established that those men who experienced a receding hairline early in life were more likely to be afflicted by a prostate tumour later on.
‘Significantly Higher’ Risk
The study, whilst noting the link, did not attempt to explain why these results might be the case. It has been argued before that a higher level of testosterone could cause earlier and more severe hair loss, though it’s not quite as simple as that. Testosterone does not have much of an effect on scalp hair follicles, but when it combines with enzyme 5-alpha reductase, it forms Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is much more detrimental to men with a genetic predisposition to male pattern hair loss.
It is possible to have high levels of testosterone in your body and low levels of DHT, and as this study did not measure testosterone or DHT levels, the link between testosterone levels and both hair loss and cancer is still unestablished. However, because the study established that men who are mostly bald at the age of 40 had a significantly higher risk of developing early on-set cancer, it is certainly worth speaking to your doctor if you have any concerns.
Taking Action Before It’s Too Late
Hair loss in itself can be a stressful experience, and we certainly see many men in their forties and often much younger who are noticing the signs of male pattern baldness, the most common type of hair loss by far. The study mentioned men who had significant balding by the age of forty, which many of the patients we see are concerned about. If you’re noticing hair loss, or already have patches of thinning, wispy hair, treatment is essential to prevent hair loss becoming medically untreatable.
The Belgravia Centre can treat pattern hair loss in men over the age of 18. Our bespoke treatment programmes are tailored by hair loss specialist nurses to the needs of each patient, and usually centre around two clinically proven medications: minoxidil and Propecia.
Minoxidil is applied directly to the balding area, and if you’re experiencing significant hair loss, Belgravia has a range of high strength minoxidil products available which can help particularly stubborn patches of thinning hair to regrow where other treatments have failed.
We also incorporate finasteride 1mg (which goes by various brand names including Aindeem and Propecia) into the majority of our male hair loss treatment programmes: this blocks DHT from attacking scalp hair follicles, and contains the same active ingredient (finasteride 1mg) that is used in higher doses to help prevent prostate enlargement, something that can cause problems in itself and also mask prostate cancer from detection.
So, if you’re in your 40’s or younger and experiencing significant hair loss, please try not to worry. Keep an eye out for symptoms related to prostate cancer and have regular checkups with your doctor. When it comes to the hair loss itself, we’re here to help. Take a look at our hair regrowth success stories for an idea of the great results you can achieve with a Belgravia Centre hair loss treatment programme, even if your hair loss is substantial.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.