Early-onset of male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) may be a marker of male urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Early-onset of male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia [AGA]) may be a marker of male urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Salvador Arias-Santiago, M.D., Ph.D., of San Cecilio University in Granada, Spain, and colleagues conducted an observational case-control study of 45 men with early-onset AGA, diagnosed in the dermatology department, and 42 control subjects. A hormone study was performed on all participants, and the International Prostate Symptom Score and International Index of Erectile Function score were assessed. "There is a relationship between the presence of AGA and prostate growth-associated urinary symptoms, likely attributable to their pathophysiological similarity," the authors write. Anyone concerned with prostate problems should consult their doctor. It is important to have regular check-ups with your physician.

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