Baldness affects about 60 percent of men at some time in their lives. Researchers now think baldness and prostate cancer may be linked in African American men.
Most prostate cancers are fed by male hormones called androgens. So treating the disease often involves blocking these hormones. It’s called androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), and it’s been used for decades – but not without controversy.
Men can have elevated PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels, and later undergo a biopsy only to find out that they do not have prostate cancer. That's a problem with PSA tests - they don't distinguish between benign (non-cancerous) disease and prostate cancer.
Heart health can be improved with lifestyle changes - weight loss, exercise and a healthy diet. It may be that these changes also reduce a man's risk of prostate cancer.
You've probably seen TV commercials for this medication. Avodart (dutasteride) is approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to treat enlarged prostate, a condition that can keep men busy with frequent trips to the restroom.