The balder the man, the more likely he will get prostate cancer

NATIONAL POST

A Canadian research team is suggesting male-pattern baldness could strongly predict the risk of getting prostate cancer and more serious cases of the disease.

University of Toronto Professor Neil Fleshner says the extent of someone’s hair loss might help doctors decide whether to carry out painful biopsies in marginal cases.

“We were trying to be a bit provocative (about the genetic tests), but it’s true,” said Fleshner, head of urology at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and co-author of the study. “If you get it (baldness) early and you get a lot of it, those people are particularly at risk.”