A new, first-of-its-kind study from Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health suggests that certain types of male pattern baldness may be associated with an increased risk of colon cancer.
The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer last month, evaluated the link between baldness and colon cancer. In men with a receding hairline and with a receding hairline plus slight baldness on the crown of the head, the results indicated approximately a 30% increase in colon cancer risk relative to men with no baldness.
Researchers came to this conclusions based on a correlation between the aforementioned types of male pattern baldness and elevated risk of colon polyps, which, if undetected, can be precursors to colon cancer.
NaNa Keum, a research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, made the following recommendation in a recent press release: "It may be prudent for males with frontal-only-baldness or frontal-plus-mild-vertex-baldness at age 45 years, although their elevated risk is modest, to consult physicians about colonoscopy screening guidelines."
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