Early baldness linked to prostate cancer

There is bad news for young men who are experiencing hair loss. Early baldness has been linked to prostate cancer later in life.

A new study suggests men who moderately started to lose hair at the age of 20 are more likely to develop prostate cancer in later life - in fact their risk doubled. Therefore, there might be benefit from screening for the disease, as reported online in the cancer journal, Annals of Oncology. For further details please read on:

The French study compared 388 men being treated for prostate cancer with a control group of 281 healthy men and found that those with the disease were twice as likely as the healthy men to have started going bald when they were 20. However, if the men only started to lose their hair when they were 30 or 40, there was no difference in their risk of developing prostate cancer compared to the control group. The study found no association between early hair loss and an earlier diagnosis of prostate cancer, and nor was there any link between the pattern of hair loss and the development of cancer.

This is the first study to suggest a link between going bald at the young age of 20 and the development of prostate cancer in later life. Professor Philippe Giraud (M.D., PhD), Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Paris Descartes University (Paris, France) and at the European Georges Pompidou Hospital (Paris, France), who led the research, said: "At present there is no hard evidence to show any benefit from screening the general population for prostate cancer. We need a way of identifying those men who are at high risk of developing the disease and who could be targeted for screening and also considered for chemo-prevention using anti-androgenic drugs such as finasteride. Balding at the age of 20 may be one of these easily identifiable risk factors and more work needs to be done now to confirm this."

Androgenic alopecia, sometimes known as male pattern baldness, affects 50% throughout their lifetime. A link has been established between baldness and androgenic hormones, and androgens also play a role in the development and growth of prostate cancer. Finasteride (the anti hair loss version of this drug is called Propecia) blocks the conversion of testosterone to an androgen called dihydrotestosterone, which is thought to cause hair loss, and the drug is used to treat the condition. It has also been shown to decrease the incidence of prostate cancer.

Dr Michael Yassa (M.D.), currently Assistant Professor at the University of Montreal (Montreal, Canada) said: "There were only three men with stage III and none with stage IV hair loss at the age of 20, but the data revealed that any balding at stages II-IV (37 cases and 14 controls) was associated with double the risk of prostate cancer later in life. This trend was lost at ages 30 and 40. NB: stages of hair loss were classified as; no balding (stage I), frontal hair loss (receding hairline around the temples), vertex hair loss (a round bald patch at the top of the head), or a combination of both types of hair loss (stage IV). "We were unable to find an association between the type or pattern of hair loss and the development of cancer. This might be due to the very low prevalence of stage III and IV hair loss at the ages of 20 and 30 in our study."

The researchers say the link between baldness and the development of prostate cancer is still unclear. "Further work should be done, both at the molecular level and with larger groups of men, to find the missing link between androgens, early balding and prostate cancer," said Dr Yassa.

Source: Annals of Oncology

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Wigs for Alopecia: The Future of Suction or Vacuum Wigs

We don't usually make predictions of the future, but when we see new technology emerging that makes good practical sense with multiple benefits to its users-- the writing is on the wall.

We are predicting that suction wigs or vacuum wigs will soon become a thing of the past and 'gripper' wigs will take over.

The pros and cons of Suction wigs

We first became acquainted with Suction wigs about 15 years ago. For their time, they were an excellent new wig and hair replacement technology. Suction wigs have been popular with many sufferers of Alopecia Areata and especially Alopecia Totalis and Universalis. The reason for their popularity lies in their scalp adhesion process. Suction wigs don't require double-sided tapes to hold them to the scalp; rather they 'suck' onto the head. This is achieved through a base material made from thick silicone that is moulded to the shape of the scalp. When fitted, it creates a vacuum seal that securely holds the wig to the scalp.

Suctions wigs have a number of positive points, namely:

  • no tape
  • natural scalp like appearance
  • hair drapes and behaves well when implanted correctly
  • Durability - they are known to last a long time if treated well

However, like most things there are negatives.

The bad points of Suction wigs are -

  • Heat - they can be hot to wear because heat cannot escape from the scalp through the silicone base
  • Don't Breathe - wearers often complain they feel 'clammy' as the wigs don't allow for the evaporation of perspiration from the scalp
  • Desensitising - wearers cannot feel the wind and rain on their scalp due to the silicone base completely covering their scalp (although some people may like this attribute)
  • Unnatural hair line - wearers struggle to create a natural hair line due to the thickness of the base of the wig
  • Heavy - the thick silicone base is heavy on the scalp and some clients have noted they cause migraines

NEW - Introducing Gripper Wigs

Gripper wigs are the next generation of Suction wigs. These wigs overcome the negatives of the old wig technology while keeping and improving on its positives. They breathe, they’re light, they can even create a natural hair line, and finally - they don't need adhesive to bond to the scalp. But these wigs don't 'suck' as their predecessors do; they 'grip'.

Gripper wigs incorporate the best of mono top wigs and suction wigs. They utilise a new proprietary silicone that grips to the scalp. This silicone is incorporated into the design of the mono top wig, mainly around the edges and a couple of strips throughout the sides and back. The grip and adhesion is so strong (on a correctly fitted wig) that girls have been known to do the most agressive hip hop dancing and they still remain firmly in place. The gripper technology allows us to use a lace front on the wig, which is universally the best way to create a natural hair line. Due to the fit of the wig, there is usually no need to use an adhesive on the lace, preserving both the integrity of the lace and the time of the user.

For these reasons, we believe that we will see the eventual end of suction wigs (except maybe in cold climates), and gripper wigs will be the next new revolution in wig technology.

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Does Mens hair loss bother women?  Ask Gisele Bundchen.

Hi Everyone,

This is one of those more fun posts, but it does address a common experience for us.

Do women care about their partners hair loss??? Yes.

Often women say they don't care about their partner's appearance, but you would be surprised as to how many women bring their men into our studio wanting their man to look a little, or even a lot better. Really, who wouldn't want to be with a man who looks five to ten years younger. A little extra hair can make a big difference.

In the article recently posted in the NYmag, they ask the question did Gisele send Tom Brady to the hair restoration specialist to get a hair transplant? We can't answer that question for you, but it does highlight that no matter how successful you are, like Tom Brady, and how beautiful your wife or partner is, like Gisele Bundchen........ you like to look good and feel good!

Have a look at our photo gallery and you will quickly see just how an age appropriate amount of hair can totally transform your appearance and boost your self confidence.

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Wig Subsidies in Sydney and New South Wales

Greetings readers,

Here is further information about wig subsidies, specifically about Sydney and New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

The government department you need to speak to is the Program of Appliances for Disabled People (PADP), it is a NSW Government program for people with disabilities.

The role of PADP is to assist eligible residents of NSW who have a permanent or long-term disability to live and participate in their community by providing appropriate equipment, aids, appliances and prosthesis- HUMAN HAIR WIGS ONLY

Our advice is that you contact the NSW Department of Health directly as the website doesn't seem to provide specific information:

Street address:
73 Miller Street
North Sydney NSW 2060
Australia Postal address:
Locked Mail Bag 961
North Sydney NSW 2059
Australia

Telephone:
within Australia 02 9391 9000
outside Australia 61 2 9391 9000

Fax:

within Australia 02 9391 9101
outside Australia 61 2 9391 9101

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Wig Subsidies in South Australia

Hi Everyone,

In seeking to find out about wig subsidies around Australia, we have learned that every state is different - no surprises! What we have learned about wig subsidies for South Australia is as follows:

The Department for Families and Communities (DFC) Equipment Program does provide wigs for eligible clients.

I have attached the DFC Equipment Program information as well as the clinical guidelines for wigs. There are three pathways for the Equipment program - the client will need to be a client of either:

  1. Disability SA
  2. Domiciliary Care SA or
  3. Metropolitan Equipment Scheme (MES).

I have attached the information on MES. Still trying to figure out if there is any help for children

Click here for information from the various government bodies (pdf and word documents):

Clinical Guidelines for the provision of wigs
DFC Equipment information program - Consumer Information Nov. 2010
Metropolitan Equipment Scheme - Domicilliary Care SA

As more information comes to light about wig subsidies, wig rebates, etc we will post more information - Stay tuned!

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Government Subsidies for Wigs in Victoria

Hi Everyone,

As promised, we are always trying to bring you the latest updated information that may be relevant to your hair restoration and hair replacement needs.

A question that is often asked is "Does the government give subsidies for wigs?" The answer is Yes they do! But it's different from state to state.

The following information is hot off press! It is relevant for people in the Melbourne and the State of Victoria, Australia. I have yet to check what other wig subsidies are available in other states, but we will endeavour to find out.

RE: Wig subsidies - please read on:

The Aids and Equipment Program (A&EP) which previously supplied a wig subsidy to people with alopecia has been replaced. The new program is called the State Wide Equipment Program (SWEP).

SWEP is a program of grants funded by the Department of Human Services and administered by Ballarat Health Services. Ballarat Health Services was appointed as the state-wide administrator of the aids and equipment program in August 2010 following a competitive selection process. The State-wide equipment program provides people who have a permanent or long-term disability with subsidised aids, equipment and vehicle and home modifications.

 

The benefits available are

Two basic synthetic wigs (or equivalent contribution towards human hair wig, or more expensive synthetic wig up to the subsidy cost) $240 per 2 years

One human hair wig (child 16 years and under) $600 per wig

 

You will need to fill in an application form and have a letter from your GP to say that you are have permanent loss of hair as a result of disease or disability.

If you have previously used the A&EP, your records will be transferred to SWEP automatically and the procedure to obtain the subsidy remains the same.

 

You can download an application form from the SWEP website

http://swep.bhs.org.au/

Contact Information for SWEP

Hours of Operation 8.30am to 5.00pm - Monday to Friday

Telephone 1300 747 937 or 03 5333 8100

Fax 03 5333 8111

Postal Address PO Box 577 Ballarat Vic 3353

 

There are 6 municipal areas and groups of Issuing Centres

 

Group 1.

Council Areas:

Ararat, Ballarat, Colac Otways, Corangamite, Geelong, Glenelg, Golden Plains,

Grampians, Grampians (Southern), Greater Queenscliff, Hepburn, Hindmarsh,

Horsham, Moorabool, Moyne, Northern Surf Coast, Pyrenees, Warrambool, West

Wimmera and Yarriambiack.

Issuing Centres:

Ballarat Health Services, · Barwon Health, South West Health Care, · Western District

Health Service, · Wimmera Health Care Group

Group 2.

Council Areas:

Alpine, Baw Baw, Bass Coast, Buloke, Campaspe (North), Campaspe (South), Central

Goldfields, East Gippsland, French Island, Gannawarra, Greater Bendigo, Greater

Shepparton, Indigo, Latrobe, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Delatite,Mildura, Mitchell,

Moira, Mt Alexander,Murrindindi, Rural City of Wangaratta, South Gippsland,

Strathbogie, Swan Hill, Towonga, Wellington and Wodonga

Issuing Centres:

· Bairnsdale Regional Health Service Bass Coast Regional Health · Bendigo Health

Care Group · Gippsland Southern Health Service · Goulburn Valley Health · Northeast

Health Wangarrata · Sunraysia Community Health Services · Swan Hill District Health ·

(Albury) Wodonga Health

Group 3

Council Areas:

Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash. Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges.

Issuing Centres: ·

Eastern Health - Box Hill Hospital · Eastern Health - Maroondah Hospital · Southern

Health - Monash Medical Centre

Group 4.

Council Areas:

Bayside, Cardina, Casey (East), Casey (West), Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater

Dandenong, Kingston, Kingston (Chelsea), Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip and

Stonnington.

Issuing Centres:

· Alfred Health - Caulfield Hospital · Peninsula Health - Mount Eliza Centre · Southern

Health - Dandenong Hospital

Group 5.

Council Areas:

Banyule, Boroondara, Darebin (North), Darebin (South), Hume, Melbourne, Moreland,

Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra.

Issuing Centres:

· Austin Health - Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital · St Vincent's Hospital · Melbourne

Health - Royal Park Campus · Northern Hospital

Group 6.

Council Areas:

(Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton,

Moonee Valley and Wyndham.)

Issuing Centres:

· Western Health - Sunshine Hospital · Royal Children's Hospital (Statewide)

 

I hope you find this information helpful.

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Scientific Breakthrough - 100% Hair Regrowth on Mice!

Hi Everyone, I came across this article tonight about a drug that restored hair on bald mice with a 100% success rate. Yes, mice!!!! Yes, 100% success rate to regrow hair and 100% success rate in hair loss prevention.

I don't profess to know how they stressed them out or caused them to go bald - I can't say I'm a fan of what they do to animals in the name of science, but this is certainly a promising result for hair loss sufferers. Much like with Minoxidil (Regaine, Rogaine) and other hair loss medications, this breakthrough came about through pure serendipity.

Whether this will translate to a breakthrough in humans being able to regrow their hair will take years to establish. The process of testing and confirmation can take years. Nevertheless it is an exciting prospect that a cure for baldness maybe in the pipeline.

Click here to see the full article about mice hair regrowth.

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World’s Oldest Human Hair Found!!

What a load of .......... hyena dung????

Archaeologists always amaze me, but never quite like this. They have apparently found the world's oldest human hair in fossilised Hyena dung! Incredible! Don't think too hard about how it got there. Not a pretty thought!

Have a look at the article; it certainly makes for an interesting read and interesting trivia.. Especially if you are in the business of hair. Which we are! We will always try to bring you the latest information about hair loss, baldness, hair restoration, hair transplants and hair replacement as we become aware of it. Stay Tuned!

Click here to read the full article.

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Welcome to our Hair Loss Blog!

It's the first time we have ever attempted a blog, so we expect that it will get better the more we do it. Most things are like that; I know I'm much better at the art of hair restoration and hair replacement today than when I started 16 years ago!

The purpose of this blog is multiple:

Primarily, and quite honestly, this blog is designed to help promote awareness about the services that our company provides to those experiencing hair loss. In order to do that, it must be full of interesting, relevant and honest information. Otherwise Google won't rank it and you won't read it! We wouldn't expect you to read it if it wasn't full of good content.

Secondly, it is to provide helpful and interesting information about hair loss, thinning hair, hair replacement and hair restoration solutions. Whether it's about hair regrowth, Laser light hair retention therapy, pharmaceutical hair growth treatments, hair transplants, non-surgical hair restoration, non-surgical hair grafts or wigs, we aim to blog about it at some stage so that you can be better informed. There is much to consider when thinking about which option is the best one for you, so we hope to clear up any misconceptions that may exist. However, nothing compares to a personal and professional evaluation of your situation; this blog is not designed to replace professional recommendations.

Thirdly, it's a place to announce new hair restoration technology - especially if we are introducing it at Transitions. We try to bring you "tomorrow's technology today" - sure, that may sound like a marketing pitch, but frankly, that's our goal. We want you to know about what's new, what's hot and what's not.

Fourth, the feel good factor - because that is what we are all about: feeling good! We have numerous stories about how we have helped improve the confidence and lives of others and we hope to share some of these frankly, honestly and confidentially (with their permission). We have a saying in the studio: "People come in here crying (tears of pain) and leave here crying (tears of joy)." That's because that is what happens! It is a common experience, because what we do what works, it meets our clients' expectations and they are delighted.

Of all the vocations one could work in, we can't think of many others that are more satisfying than ours. Not only do we transform a person's appearance, we also transform their lives through giving them what they need to feel good about themselves again and improve their self esteem and confidence dramatically. Why wouldn't we want to share some of these experiences? It is such a privilege to be able to journey with our clients both in this process and in their lives. We want to share a few of those stories along the way.

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