I was wondering about a few things, but first I was happy to see a site designated for those who have thinning hair and baldness… Good job!
First, I wanted to state I was diagnosed with a testicular tumor (cancer), had surgery and been cancer free for over a year and a half! I was lucky to catch it early. No need for follow up treatment except regular testing and exams. So far so good. With that said, I was on Propecia for roughly five years prior with decent results; i.e.: still thinning around the hair line slowly, but holding on to most of what was on the crown. I was off the product for roughly a year when I was first diagnosed. My brother used the product for about a year prior to being diagnosed with test. cancer as well four years ago. Could there be any link to my/our cancer? Or would it just be inherited? My dad, nor anyone else in the family has ever had testicular cancer so I was wondering.
Also, since I’ve been off the product the thinning seemed to be a slow process but it seems all of a sudden it has accelerated rapidly. Anything I can do to get some back? Meaning, I buzz-cut my hair anyway, but I hate the look of the “ring” around the temples through to the back with the shiny scalp showing through the thin hair on top…
Will Rogaine work to add some density? I’m not looking for a full head of rockstar hair here, just a little to blend in the top to the sides…
Any news on the old “baldness pill” we hear soo much about? I’m 38 and you never know if the Rolling Stones may need a new bass player! :D
I’m glad to hear you’re cancer free now! I am not aware that there is a link between testicular cancer and Propecia. I also am not aware of brothers having the same testicular cancer, but there is literature on twins and testicular cancer in this meta-analysis (though unrelated to Propecia/finasteride use). I would expect in your cases that it was inherited, but I would certainly pose this question to your doctor, as I’m not a testicular cancer expert. Testicular cancer rates have doubled over the last 40 years, and researchers are still learning about the potential causes.
Rogaine (minoxidil) is another medication used for treating hair loss, but it usually works best in the crown. I don’t know that it’ll add too much density, but it might be worth a try. Keep in mind that even some rock stars have hair loss issues, and some even have had hair transplant surgery.
Finally, I’m not sure what baldness pill you’re referring to, but the only other pill I know of that is still being tested is dutasteride (Avodart). It is a stronger medication than Propecia, but it works in a similar way. I’ve written about that many times before (see here).