Men with baldness of any kind had a 56% higher risk of prostate cancer death compared to men with no balding. Men with moderate balding had an even higher risk of 83%.
Previous studies have shown a link between baldness and prostate cancer, perhaps due to the roles male hormones and genetics play in both conditions.
The study is the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Epidemiologic Follow-Up Study. It included 4,316 men who were 25-74 years old and had no previous diagnoses of cancer. The median follow-up was 21 years, during which 3,284 of the men died, 107 from prostate cancer.
The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.