Hair Loss, Fibroids May Have Links in Black Women

From - January 5, 2018

Hair Loss, Fibroids May Have Links in Black Women

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 -- Black women with a relatively common form of hair loss may also face a high risk for developing fibroids, a new study suggests.

Fibroids are fibrous growths that develop in the lining of the womb. About 80 to 90 percent of black women (and 70 percent of white women) develop fibroids by the time they are 50. In nearly all cases these growths are benign (noncancerous).

Researchers reviewed four years of data on more than 487,000 adult black women. This included data on a hair loss condition known as central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA).

CCCA mostly affects black women. It's the most common form of hair loss in this group.

The study found that nearly 14 percent of women with CCCA also had fibroids. However, just 3 percent of those who did not have CCCA had fibroids.

That translates into a five times greater risk for fibroids among women with CCCA.

"The cause of the link between the two conditions remains unclear," study author Dr. Crystal Aguh said in a news release from Johns Hopkins Medicine. She is an assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

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