Androgenic alopecia may have evolved to protect men from prostate cancer by increasing skin exposure to ultraviolet radiation

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Abstract

Androgenic alopecia affects populations adapted to colder climate, and individuals at an age and hormonal status susceptible to prostate cancer. Male pattern baldness enhances absorption of UV radiation on the top of the head, an area directly exposed to sunlight during everyday activities. Ultraviolet radiation is reported to reduce the risk of advanced prostate cancer. Here I propose that progression of androgenic alopecia rather than being a risk factor is a finely tuned mechanism evolved to protect against prostate cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1038-1040
Number of pages3
JournalMedical hypotheses
Volume70
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 27 2008

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  • Medicine(all)

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