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Could Balding Signal a Higher Prostate Cancer Risk?

As medical science strives to gain a better understanding on what makes one man more likely to develop prostate cancer than another, new research is shedding light on a possible link between balding and this disease. The balding pattern, however, has to be pretty particular for risk levels to rise, a new study indicates.

The latest findings come from a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The researchers found that men who are balding from the front are more likely to develop the disease than their counterparts with other balding patterns or no visible signs of balding.

While this new discovery may help men better assess their risks, there are many others to be mindful of. Prostate cancer strikes an estimated 220,000 American men each year. The disease is responsible for an estimated 27,000 deaths. Other known risk factors include age and genetics. Early detection is seen as critical for helping men gain access to potentially life-saving treatments should more aggressive forms of the disease be found.

Men who are over the age of 50 are urged to begin regular screening exams for this disease. The typical screening protocol involves the use of a digital rectal exam to check on the physical health of the prostate gland. A simple blood test may also be performed. Should doctors discover prostate cancer, a host of treatments are available for most forms of this disease. In some cases, men with slow-growing forms of prostate cancer may even find that no treatments are required other than careful monitoring.

If you or a loved one is concerned about the potential for prostate cancer, be sure to speak to your healthcare provider. Your doctor can best help you assess risks and prescribe a screening routine that would enable early detective of the disease should it present.