Early Balding Symptoms for Prostate Cancer | Bald at age of 20 links to risk of Prostate cancer

LONDON - A STUDY showing that men who start to go bald at 20 may be more likely to develop prostate cancer in later life suggests they might benefit from early screening or preventative therapy, scientists said on Tuesday.
French researchers compared 388 men being treated for prostate cancer with 281 healthy men and found that those with the disease were twice as likely as the healthy men to have started losing their hair when they were 20.
If the men only started going bald when they were 30 or 40, there was no difference in their risk of developing prostate cancer compared to the healthy group.
'At present there is no hard evidence to show any benefit from screening the general population for prostate cancer. We need a way of identifying those men who are at high risk,' said Philippe Giraud of Paris Descartes University, who led the study.
'Balding at the age of 20 may be one of these easily identifiable risk factors and more work needs to be done now to confirm this,' he said in a statement.
Mr Giraud, whose findings were published in the cancer journal Annals of Oncology, said men identified as at higher risk of prostate cancer could be selected for earlier screening, or for chemo-prevention therapy using so-called anti-androgenic drugs like Merck's Proscar, or finasteride. -- REUTERS