When men first think they're losing their hair it’s straight onto Google to try and find out what’s happening.
It’s a sensitive subject and we rarely ask friends and family for advice.
On the internet there’s so much information it’s sometimes hard to separate the truth from the myths. We’re here to help. We’ve provided five key facts that should clear up a few questions. We’ve even provided a few interesting statistics.
Male pattern baldness affects all men differently, starting at different ages and progressing at different rates. Around 25% of men begin to lose their hair at 30 and 40% of men experience hair loss by the age of 35. On average it takes 15-25 years for men to go completely bald.
There are racial differences in the incidence of male pattern baldness. Caucasians have the highest rates followed by Afro-Caribbean men. Chinese and Japanese men having the lowest rates of male pattern baldness. Studies have shown that the incidence of genetic hair loss across men in Western Europe, such as the UK, Germany and Spain is similar.
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Written by Mike Firth, GP and Medical Director
This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.