Sydney: A study led by the Head of QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Australia has revealed the potential reasons behind a higher risk of skin cancer among individuals with hair loss.
According to research published in the journal Nature Communications, after conducting a meta-analysis of 12,232 cases of cutaneous melanoma and 17,512 cases of keratinocyte cancer in men, researchers examined sun exposure on the head.
Dr. Jue-Sheng Ong, the lead researcher at QIMR Berghofer, stated that the study sought straightforward answers and found that the most logical explanation holds true: balding men are more susceptible to skin damage and skin cancer because they have less hair protection.
Interestingly, the study revealed a connection between genes responsible for hair loss and genes related to skin color or pigmentation. Skin color is a known risk factor for skin cancer, suggesting that pigmentation may also contribute to the increased risk in people with hair loss. However, the primary factor remains prolonged sun exposure.
Skin pigmentation is a well-known risk factor for skin cancer, and these findings suggest that pigmentation may also contribute to an increased risk among individuals with hair loss. Most of the association between baldness and skin cancer is still attributed to prolonged sun exposure.
It’s important to note that this research sheds light on the complex relationship between genetics, hair loss, pigmentation, and skin cancer risk.