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Hi I’m 30 and suffer from Addison’s disease. I’ve noticed over the past 3 years my hairs been getting thinner and thinner and I want to do something about it. Propecia seems like a good starting point…. only problem is I have this rare endocrine disease and am worried about serious side effects. Should I be worried? Should I try rogaine instead? Many thanks.

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You should first see a doctor for an examination and a diagnosis of your hair loss cause. You shouldn’t just jump at trying different medications/products blindly. You can also ask your endocrinologist about your concern with Propecia (finasteride 1mg). First and foremost, make sure your hair loss is due to genetics if you’re even considering Propecia.

I have seen many patients with hormone disorders (though not Addison’s disease specifically) and there is no reason they cannot be on Propecia that I can think of. But even to my own patients, I always advise them to check with their endocrinologist first.

Tags: propecia, finasteride, addisons disease, hairloss, hair loss, hormones


I am an 18 year old male and have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp. Over the past few months little flakes started to appear attached onto my scalp, after a while i developed a desire to pick and scratch the flakes on my scalp in order to remove them. Doing this resulted in some parts of my hair becoming thinner, not necessarily hair falling off just looking thinner if you understand?

Will the follicles where i picked at my scalp heal naturally within time or is this permanent? Where my hair looks thin is not really noticable for now..
(I do not suffer from any MBP)

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Picking at your scalp and/or hair causes traction alopecia. In some people, the picking gets so severe that a name to describe the process is worthy for your review — dermatillomania. I’m not about to diagnose you with this disorder over the web, but the hair could become permanently lost if you continue to pick or pull at your scalp.

Dermatillomania (skin picking) and trichotillomania (hair pulling) are both obsessive compulsive disorders and you should see your doctor if you find yourself continuing to pick at your scalp.

You can learn more about dermatillomania here. You can learn more about trichotillomania here.

Tags: dermatillomania, trichotillomania, hairloss, hair loss, skin picking, ocd


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Drinking 4 or more cups of coffee a day is associated with a lower risk for prostate cancer recurrence and progression, according to a prospective study published online August 2 in Cancer Causes and Control.

The study authors found that men who drank that much coffee daily had a 59% reduced risk for prostate cancer recurrence and/or progression, compared with those who drank 1 or fewer cups per week (P for trend = .01).

The coffee consumption was measured before a prostate cancer diagnosis, not afterward, note the authors, led by Milan Geybels, a PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology of Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He worked on the research while studying at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, where one of his coauthors, Janet Stanford, PhD, is codirector of the program in prostate cancer research.

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Read the rest — Daily Coffee Tied to Lower Risk for Prostate Cancer Recurring

Tags: prostate cancer, coffee, cancer


I am trying to find a product that will help grow my hair back a little faster after chemo therapy. Is there any product that you can recomend to use to help?

I meet a lady that used some amino acid and her hair grew really fast

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I don’t know of any commercially available product that accelerates the return of hair after chemotherapy. We have written about cold cap therapy before, but that is something that is used during chemotherapy to maintain the hair, not to regrow it faster after the chemo treatments are complete.

I realize this information doesn’t help you if you’ve already lost hair, but it is the only chemotherapy-related hair loss treatment I am familiar with. At this point, just being patient for the hair to regrow is likely going to be the best course of action.

Tags: chemotherapy, hairloss, hair loss


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Men being screened for prostate cancer can dramatically reduce their risk of unnecessary treatment by taking an already-approved drug, a new study shows.

Although doctors still hotly debate the value of prostate screening, most agree that the PSA (prostate specific antigen) test leads some men to be “overdiagnosed” and even “overtreated,” because it detects many tumors that won’t ever turn deadly.

Many men are unaware that some prostate tumors — while technically malignant — are essentially harmless, growing too slowly to ever cause trouble in their lifetimes. Men are actually better off if these tumors are never found, says Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society.

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Read the rest — Drug makes PSA screening test more reliable

This is a seven year study of 19,000 men that showed taking finasteride makes the PSA test much more accurate.

The article goes on to say that the study found that “men on finasteride were 43% less likely to be diagnosed with a ‘low-grade’ prostate cancer — the kind most likely to lead to unnecessary treatment“, though there was no difference in survival rates between those that took finasteride and those that took the placebo.

Tags: prostate, psa, finasteride, proscar, propecia, hairloss, hair loss, prostate specific antigen


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A fashion-lover who lost her hair when she was just 18 months old due to alopecia has told how she’s learned to pick clothes that complement her baldness.

Rachel Fleit, a creative director for the hip New York-based womenswear brand Honor NYC, told Refinery 29: ‘After 30 years of being bald, I know what works and what doesn’t work.’

She says that she steers clear of structured blazers and dresses because they make her look like a ‘Svedka vodka fembot’ and prefers softer, more floaty shapes.

In a bid to create softness around her head she uses accessories such as big scarves or dangly earrings, while plunging necklines add a touch of femininity.

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Read the rest — Fashion designer on how she learned to accept her alopecia and win over the style set

Tags: alopecia totalis, alopecia areata, hair loss, hairloss, female hair loss, fashion


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Survival rates for the disease have risen by almost a third since the 1970s and more than 96 per cent of men who contract the cancer today are now cured. Fewer than 70 per cent of patients survived the disease 40 years ago.

Each year around 2,300 new cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed in the UK. Unlike many other cancers, the disease strikes at a relatively young age. It is the most common cancer in men aged 15 to 49.

The improvement in survival rates is in large part down to the use of the drug cisplatin, a chemotherapy drug also used to treat bladder, lung and ovarian cancers.

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Read the rest — Almost all testicular cancer patients now recover

Tags: cancer, testicular cancer, medical, cisplatin


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Hair loss can be one of chemotherapy’s most despised side effects. Now US researchers are about to put an experimental hair-preserving treatment to a rigorous test. The goal is to see if strapping on a cap so cold it numbs the scalp during chemotherapy works well enough to be used widely in this country, as it is in Europe and Canada.

The first time Miriam Lipton had breast cancer, her thick locks fell out two weeks after starting chemotherapy. But when the disease struck again, she used a cold cap during treatment and kept much of her hair, making her fight for survival seem a bit easier. ‘‘I didn’t necessarily want to walk around the grocery store answering questions about my cancer,’’ recalled Lipton, 45, of San Francisco. ‘‘If you look OK on the outside, it can help you feel, ‘OK, this is manageable, I can get through this.’ ’’

Near-freezing temperatures are supposed to reduce blood flow in the scalp, making it harder for cancer-fighting drugs to reach and harm hair follicles. But while several types of cold caps are sold around the world, the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved their use in the United States.

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Read the rest — Cold caps tested to prevent hair loss in cancer patients

For years now, we’ve written about cold caps to help retain much of the hair for those undergoing chemotherapy, so I’m glad it is getting more attention. This latest study of early stage breast cancer patients is set to begin this summer.

Tags: dignicap, cold cap, study, chemo, cancer, chemotherapy, hairloss, hair loss


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Soy supplements don’t prevent a recurrence of prostate cancer after surgical removal of the prostate, a new small study finds. Many men with prostate cancer try soy products, but there is no hard evidence that they thwart a return of the disease, the researchers said.

“If one eats soy every day after surgery for prostate cancer, one does not reduce the risk of recurrence,” said the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Maarten Bosland, a professor of pathology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“A lot of men think that soy might be beneficial, but this study shows that it’s not,” he said. On the other hand, soy posed no adverse side effects. “It’s safe to take soy, but you won’t benefit from it for your prostate cancer,” Bosland added. All of the men studied had an increased risk of having cancer recur because the surgery — called a radical prostatectomy — hadn’t removed all the cancerous cells, Bosland noted.

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Read the rest — Soy Won’t Prevent Prostate Cancer’s Return: Study

The study was published in the July 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, and was the first human study that tested soy supplementation’s effect on prostate cancer recurrence.

Tags: prostate cancer, cancer, soy, disease


I am a dialysis patient and I have genetic hair loss, could I take propecia spite of my medical condition?

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I am not your doctor, so I can not advise you about which prescription drugs you can take with your condition, but I can tell you what the literature says about this, via

“No dosage adjustment is necessary in patients with renal insufficiency. In patients with chronic renal impairment, with creatinine clearances ranging from 9.0 to 55 mL/min, AUC, maximum plasma concentration, half-life, and protein binding after a single dose of 14C-Finasteride were similar to values obtained in healthy volunteers. Urinary excretion of metabolites was decreased in patients with renal impairment.”

Finasteride is metabolized by the liver and excreted in the feces normally. Nevertheless, your doctor is the best one to ask.

Tags: dialysis, finasteride, propecia, hairloss, hair loss, renal, kidney


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