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29 years old, male. Around 1 1/2 year ago I started thinning all over, except for 3/4 of the neck area (the last inch), but even there i am sure it is somewhat thinner. I probably lost 50% of volume. I shed 50+ hairs just in the shower. We can call it DUPA. Blood analysis are ok: ferritin, diabetes, thyroid, hepathogram.

Now, the thing is that some months ago I had Exclamation-mark hairs. I would see that most of the shorter and thinner hairs in the shower were even thinner at the root (say 30 or 40% thinner). The Average hair was 3 or 4 cm long (1 inch and a half) and this tapered hairs 1 to 3 cm (0.5 to 1 inch). I thought it was just miniaturizating really fast. But now i know they can be a sign of alopecia areata. I don’t have them anymore. Now the roots are thicker than the distal end as it should be in a normal hair. They disappeared after a diet (no dairy, sugar, flour) or by coincidence. I thought I was improving because of that and because the dandruff decreased. But i still shed many hairs and I am still getting worse (maybe at a smaller rate, only maybe).

Is it just DUPA? Can I have DUPA with Tapering hairs? Could be areata? If not, what else should I check for? Considering that i dont have Tapering hairs anymore (maybe some long ones, but it is really not the same), would a scalp biopsy help to know?

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Diffuse unpatterned alopecia (DUPA) and alopecia areata are both very rare in men, but I can not tell you what is going on without seeing you. An examination is necessary, so you should see a good dermatologist in your area who should be able to tell the difference.

I wish I could provide more info, but this isn’t something that can or should be diagnosed just based on your description.

Tags: dupa, alopecia areata, hairloss, hair loss


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Scientists have found that regularly eating the brightly-coloured vegetables appears to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by almost a fifth. Men who included carrots as part of their regular diet, eating them at least three times a week, were 18 per cent less likely to develop a prostate tumour, according to findings published in the latest European Journal of Nutrition.

The study, by scientists at Zhejiang University in China, pulled together the results of ten smaller studies from different parts of the world looking at the anti-cancer effects of carrots. This type of research, called a meta-analysis, is performed when findings from lots of studies with small numbers of patients produce conflicting findings. Some research has suggested carrots do protect the prostate against disease, others have found little or no benefit.

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Read the rest — They help you see in the dark – now carrots can reduce the risk of prostate cancer

Always remember to eat your vegetables.

Tags: carrots, prostate cancer, cancer, vegetables


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A Colorado child’s act of compassion got her kicked out of school. But she was allowed back in Tuesday after stories about her dismissal appeared around the country.

Kamryn Renfro, a 9-year-old whose dear friend is battling a rare childhood cancer, wanted to show support by shaving her own head to match her pal’s bald pate.

Renfro’s parents gave their approval and the young girl headed proudly to school Monday to show her classmates what she’d done. But once there, she was told she was in violation of the Caprock Academy dress code and that she would not be allowed in class.

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Read the rest — Colo. girl banned from school after shaving head to support cancer-suffering pal allowed back in class

Wow, so this 9 year old girl tried to support her friend and the adults at her public charter school miss the point completely by enforcing their dress code that prevents a shaved head to be seen in school. Amazingly disappointing.

Tags: cancer, support, child


i have been losing hair for about 7 years now. i think it has to do with my ulcerative colitis. i started to take biotin and a multi vitamin. my hair is white flakes, itchy but im thinking my hair might be growing back. could this happen? when i was pregnant my hair grew back then after nursing my baby it fell out again. i have seen several doctors and they all say it’s hereditary.

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Hair loss in women can be difficult to manage, because there are often many factors involved that could cause the loss (including hereditary factors). Have you had any blood tests done to see if there is any other underlying medical conditions? There is a partial list of those tests here.

The stress from ulcerative colitis could cause hair loss in women who have a hereditary predisposition for hair loss, but there are doctors who specialize in this (I’m not sure if you went to a GP or a UC specialist) that would know more about this than I do. If the hair loss is stress related, it could take up to a year to regrow. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America site can point you to a specialist that will hopefully be of more help.

Tags: ulcerative colitis, chrons, hairloss, hair loss, female hair loss


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Men with early-stage prostate cancer who had their prostates surgically removed were significantly more likely to be alive nearly two decades later than men who went without surgery and were monitored through so-called “watchful waiting,” the latest findings from a long-running Swedish study show.

The 700-patient study, which found similar results at earlier stages, is likely to heighten debate about the value of surgery versus observation or watchful waiting, which generally involves no immediate treatment. In recent years, doctors increasingly have embraced watchful waiting, in part because other large studies have shown that surgery provides no benefit yet has potentially undesirable side effects.

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Read the rest — Study: Prostate Surgery Helps Some Men Live Longer

The article points out that “benefits of surgery were most pronounced in men who were under 65 when diagnosed,” though there was no significant death reduction rates in men 65 years or older.

Tags: prostate cancer, death, cancer


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DNA testing can predict which men face the highest risk of deadly prostate cancer, scientists say. The team at the Institute of Cancer Research, in London, say men could soon be offered genetic screening in a similar way to breast cancer in women. They have shown 14 separate mutations can greatly increase the odds of aggressive prostate cancers, which could form the basis of a test. Prostate Cancer UK said such testing could “revolutionise” care for men.

Prostate cancer is the commonest cancer in men in many countries, including the UK – where more than 40,000 people are diagnosed each year. But not every patient has, or needs, invasive therapy that results in severe side-effects. Identifying which men will need treatment – those who are likely to develop the most aggressive and deadly form of the cancer – is a huge challenge.

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Read the rest — DNA prostate test ‘will predict deadliest cancer risk’

Tags: research, cancer, prostate cancer


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A new study recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that taking high doses of selenium and vitamin E supplements may increase the risk of prostate cancer, depending on a man’s selenium levels prior to taking the supplements.

The research team, including first author Dr. Alan Kristal of the Public Health Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA, analyzed 1,739 patients with prostate cancer and 3,117 matched controls from the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT).

According to the investigators, previous research has suggested that men who already have an adequate intake of selenium would not benefit from supplements of the nutrient.

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Read the rest — Selenium and vitamin E supplements ‘increase prostate cancer risk’

Studies have shown that large doses of supplements that offer far more than the daily recommended intakes can increase cancer risk.

Tags: prostate cancer, selenium, vitamin e, supplements, health


At the age of twelve my barber first noticed that I was starting to get small bald spots and that I should see a doctor about it being Alopecia. I went to a dermatologist and they confirmed it was Alopecia.

The spots progressively got bigger and not one treatment had any effect. My hair was tolerable through Junior High School because the spots were hardly noticeable, but my Sophomore year in high school I suddenly went completely bald. I have worn a hat everyday of my life for the last two to two and a half years and simply cannot get over it.

I am afraid that I am missing out on all the perks of a normal childhood. I am now a senior in high school and I have absolutely no signs of anything changing. Any input on a solution, even though that seems completely out of the question considering what I’ve tried, please feel free to respond. Thank You.

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The term “alopecia” just means hair loss, so if you went completely bald, I am going to assume your doctor diagnosed you with alopecia totalis (total scalp hair loss) or alopecia universalis (total scalp and body hair loss). I wish I had better news to give you, but unfortunately the treatments available for these types of alopecias are extremely limited — essentially just wigs and Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP). You can learn more about treatments at the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

We’ve performed SMP on alopecia totalis patients in the past, with one such example found here.

Tags: alopecia, alopecia totalis, smp, pigment, hairloss, hair loss


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The incidence of cancer worldwide is growing at an alarming pace, and there is an urgent need to implement strategies to prevent and curb the disease, according to a report from the World Health Organization.

New cancer cases will skyrocket globally from an estimated 14 million in 2012 to 22 million new cases a year within the next two decades, the report says. During that same period, cancer deaths are predicted to rise from an estimated 8.2 million annually to 13 million a year.

The most common cancers diagnosed globally in 2012 were those of the lung (1.8 million cases, 13% of the total), breast (1.7 million, 11.9%), and large bowel (1.4 million, 9.7%), the group says. The most common causes of cancer death were cancers of the lung (1.6 million, 19.4% of the total), liver (0.8 million, 9.1%), and stomach (0.7 million, 8.8%).

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Read the rest at USA Today — New cancer cases worldwide expected to skyrocket

Tags: cancer, health, lung cancer, breast cancer, stomach cancer


Hello – I’m a 38 year old woman. A few years ago I had a couple of bald patches appear on the top of my head, caused by work stress. About 6 months ago they started itching, I went to a dermatologist yesterday who says I have pseudopelade of brocq. Of which there is no cure, I’m told. The patches are about 2cm by 1cm and about 1cm square. I’ve had to move my parting so that I know no one can see it.

Do you know if there is anything I can do to help it? I’ve heard that derma micro needling can help to regrow? What about some form of tattoo? Any help appreciated.

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For those unfamiliar with the term “pseudopelade”, here’s the origin from Medscape — “In 1888, Brocq used the term pseudopelade to describe a unique form of cicatricial alopecia resembling alopecia areata (Pelade is the French term for alopecia areata).

In short, it is a scarring type of alopecia without a good medical treatment. Micro needling will not work.

Your last option may be Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP), but that will only color in your scalp. This may work for men who can shave their head to make it look uniform, but for women with any length of their hair surrounding the patches it may not work to maintain a natural appearance. We have treated many scarring alopecia patients with great results using SMP.

Tags: pseudopelade, scarring alopecia, hairloss, hair loss, cicatricial alopecia, smp


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