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Could Hair Loss at 20 Signal Higher Prostate Cancer Risk?
Date:2/16/2011

tate cancer more prevalent," Stone said. "For example, men who have a first-degree relative -- an uncle, father or brother -- who have a diagnosis of prostate cancer are 2.5 to three times more likely to develop prostate cancer themselves than men who don't have such a history. And genetics also plays a role in men who develop early hair loss."

"So, you have two genetically related factors that there may be an association from, and each may be linked to early high male hormone levels. So it may be a hormonally related situation," Stone acknowledged. "But it's very hard to prove."

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For more on prostate cancer risk, visit the American Cancer Society.

-- Alan Mozes

SOURCES: European Society for Medical Oncology, news release, Feb. 15, 2011; Nelson Neal Stone, M.D., clinical professor, urology and radiation oncology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City


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