Adolescent Acne and Cause-Specific Mortality

Title: Acne in adolescence and cause-specific mortality: lower coronary heart disease but higher prostate cancer mortality: the Glasgow Alumni Cohort Study.
Galobardes B, et al.
Publication: Am J Epidemiol. 2005 Jun 15;161(12):1094-101.

In this Glasgow Alumni Cohort Study, about 11,000 male students who attended Glasgow University between 1948 and 1968 were checked for their medical history of acne. It is found that those with acne were more often non-smokers from lower socioeconomic position. Those with acne also had lower risk of heart disease, but higher risk for prostate cancer. The authors suggested that androgen or male sex hormone activity during adolescence (which causes acne) may protect against coronary heart disease, but create higher risk of prostate cancer mortality.

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