Link between Prostate Cancer and Hair Loss

It has been long known that benign prostate enlargement and hair loss have a common cause, which is the metabolite dihydrotestosterone (DHT) damaging prostate cells as well as hair follicles. However, benign prostatic hyperplasia can in some cases lead to prostate cancer. Hence, all three conditions can be treated using the same class of anti-androgen drugs known as alpha reductase inhibitors. These include finasteride (trade name for treating prostates is Proscar whereas Propecia is used for hair loss) and dutasteride (trade name Avodart). However, recent research indicates that these two conditions have more in common. It has been found out recently that men who go bald at an early age (in their twenties) are twice more likely to develop prostate cancer than the average man. Although until recently there have been conflicting reports about a link between prostate enlargement or prostate cancer and male pattern baldness, this study confirms that the connection really exists. However, the study showed that there was no increased risk of prostate cancer among men who started balding in their 30s or 40s.