A prostate cancer drug can help women fight hair loss. In a recent study of 17 women, more than half experienced "significant" hair growth within a few weeks of taking bicalutamide.
The treatment of prostate cancer works by preventing testosterone from reaching cancer cells.
Prostate cancer uses the male hormone to grow and block it, not only slows the growth of a tumor, it can even shrink it. It's the same testosterone-blocking effects that led scientists to test the drug for female hair loss.
A prostate cancer drug can help women fight hair loss [file]
This is for example That in addition to genetics and menopause, the hormone also plays a role in androgenetic alopecia, the most common form of hair loss in women.
Although testosterone is a male hormone, it is also present in small amounts in women and can attack hair follicles and accelerate hair loss in women.
This process accelerates after menopause, as testosterone levels become more dominant as women's estrogen levels fall.
In the new study, bicalutamide, taken as a pill, was given to women every day or every other day for at least six months (file image).
As a result, the hairs produced by the affected follicles shrink in diameter ever smaller and shorter until finally the follicles completely shrink and no longer produce any hair.
Typically, this leads to a general thinning of the hair.
It is thought that up to one in three women will eventually be affected, and there is an increased risk of depression. It begins later in life as male pattern baldness, with symptoms that commonly occur in the 50s or 60s of the patient.
Current treatments include the drug Minoxidil, which does not work for everyone and the risk of side effects such as rash and headache.
Fighting Hair Loss
Blood clots in the scalp can help combat hair loss in women and men, reports the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. The Jabs contain platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which is prepared by spinning a sample of the patient's own blood in a centrifuge to separate red blood cells and leave proteins rich in growth factors that contribute to the growth of the blood Undoing damage to hair follicles.
The PRP is then injected into the scalp. Researchers at the University Hospital Cologne reviewed 13 studies involving 356 people and concluded that hair density was increased without adverse effects compared to placebo.
In the new study, bicalutamide, taken as a pill, was given to women every day or every other day for at least six months. According to the results of the pilot study published in the journal Dermatologic Therapy, 53 percent of women showed a "big improvement" in hair density.
The results were based on visual pre and post-evaluation by dermatologists.
There were no "significant" adverse events, but cancer patients may experience rashes and hot sweats.
Researchers at the Ramon y Cajal University Hospital in Madrid believe that their findings demonstrate, "Treatment with this drug could be a new and useful option for women."
Dr. Bav Shergill, Consultant Dermatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, commenting on the study, said similar antitestosterone drugs like spironolactone have also shown promise and added, "This new application of a prostate cancer drug is interesting and I look forward to researching a larger group."
Under the microscope  Former British tennis hero Tim Henman, 45, attends our health quiz
Can you run up the stairs?
Former British tennis hero Tim Henman, 45, attends our health quiz
Yes. I stopped playing professional tennis 12 years ago, and now I train at my gym five times a week for about an hour. It has a treadmill, bike, Versaclimber [a cardio machine that provides a total body workout] and weights. I also drive 5km with my wife Lucy and our black Labradors Bumble and Bella.
Do you get your five a day?
In any case. Lucy has a vegetable patch and started to breed her own. We all [the couple have children Rosie, 17, Olivia, 14, Grace, 12] eat well and eat well.
When I played, I kept up my calorie intake with protein shakes and chicken, fish and steak. Now there is no proper diet, but I pay attention to what I eat. I'm 6 feet 1 inch tall and weigh just over 77 pounds.
Wine. Every wine. I like it all. Eight days a week.
Was something removed?
When I was 28 years old, my wisdom teeth came through and I had all four under general anesthesia. I remember friends who had had terrible experiences, but my teeth were removed at 8am and I ate steak and fries for lunch.
Cope with pain well?
Pretty good. I have played more than 1,000 games and stopped in very few of them – although I was 20 years old, I broke my left leg in three places. It was a spiral break [caused by the foot remaining in once place while the body was in motion]. Two days later, I underwent surgery and three pins were inserted below. I still have them now and never had a problem.
Worst disease / injury?
broken leg. I finished 145th in the world and missed tennis for five months.
Anti-inflammatory agent for my right elbow when it hurts. I had three surgeries – the first in my 20s. I suspect the damage was caused by too much teenage tennis when my bones were still soft and my muscles were developing fast. 19659002] Greatest phobia?
Snakes, although I can not explain why. I can not watch her on TV and I do not even like toy snakes.
What keeps you awake at night?
I always slept very well. I can sleep anytime, anywhere and have never lost sleep before a big match.
A real breakfast with eggs, avocado and bacon. Also hydration.
Ever had plastic surgery.
It's not for me, but horses for courses.
Interview by Helen Gilbert
- Tim will play at Champions Tennis Event this month. Tickets are available at championstennis.co.uk