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Men's hair loss and balding is a fact of life for about 50 million adult men in North America. Significant male pattern baldness affects the lives of well over one-half of adult men worldwide. While there are many possible reasons men experience premature balding including serious disease, reaction to certain medications, and in rare cases extremely stressful events, most hair loss in men can be blamed on heredity.
The American Hair Loss Association lists Adrogenic Alopecia as the most common cause of hair loss and balding among men:
Androgenetic Alopecia or common male pattern baldness accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. Along with heredity, the hormone DHT appears to be partially to blame for this balding condition. What male pattern baldness sufferers actually inherit are hair follicles with sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a by-product of testosterone. Hair follicles that are sensitive to DHT begin to shrink and these affected follicles stop producing hair.
Male pattern baldness is characterized by the onset of a receding hairline and thinning hair in the crown area. Hair in these areas including the temples and mid-anterior scalp appear to be the most sensitive to DHT. This pattern eventually progresses into more apparent baldness throughout the entire top of the scalp, leaving only a rim or "horseshoe" pattern of hair remaining.
Since cancer treatments target the body's rapidly dividing cancer cells, other rapidly dividing cells such as hair follicles in the growing phase are also impacted. Fortunately, most of the time hair loss from chemotherapy and radiation is temporary. One can usually expect to regrow a full head of hair six months to a year after treatment is completed, though hair may temporarily turn a different shade or texture.
This hair loss condition is caused by compulsive pulling and or twisting of the hair until it breaks off. The hair may be lost in round patches or diffusely across the scalp. Other hairy areas may be plucked, such as the eyebrows, eyelashes, or body hair.