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Baldness - sign of good health?

Published:Monday | March 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A recent article on the BBC website, indicates that scientist in the United States (US) believe a receding hairline can be a good thing. "US scientists say men who go bald by 30 appear to be less likely to develop prostate cancer."

This was in reference to a research done at the University of Washington School of Medicine in a study involving 2,000 men between the ages of 40 and 47.

The article stated, "They were able to link high levels of the male hormone testosterone in those who lose their hair earlier with a lower risk of tumours. The findings are published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology. Half of the men in this study had suffered prostate cancer.

The research compared the rate of the tumours in men who said their hair thinned by the time they reached the age of 30, with those who did not have any hair loss.

The research stated that men who had bald spots on the top of their heads and receding hairlines, had a 29 to 45 per cent reduction in their risks of prostate cancer.

Baldness occurs when hair follicles are exposed to too much dihydrotestosterone, a chemical produced by testosterone.

According to the BBC "This study suggests that high levels of testosterone from a young age might protect against the disease."

Dr Alison Ross of Cancer Research United Kingdom is of the view that the link between baldness and prostate cancer is still unknown, and the results of previous studies have had contrary results.

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