Seems like some men have drawn the unlucky gene pool. NPR has reported on a French study published oin the Annals of Oncolog that shows men whose hair starts thinning in their 20s are twice as likely to get prostate cancer in their advanced years.
Both hair loss and prostate cancer are driven by testosterone, but to date most research trying to establish a link between the hair loss and prostate cancer has had ambiguous results.
The French study was successful in identifying the link because it was able to distinguish between men with early vs. later hair loss, a distinction that was not made in previous research about male pattern baldness.
Men who balded in their 20s were twice as likely to be in the prostate cancer group as men who didn't begin balding until 30s or later.
Researchers say there's a great need to figure out which men are at higher risk of prostate cancer so they can be screened more often for rising PSA levels, or perhaps consider taking a drug that can prevent prostate cancer.
On the medical technology front the good news is that we now have GreenLight Laser technology for a noninvasive approach to treating prostate enlargement.