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Health Watch - 8/20/04

Millions of Men And Women In America Are Fighting Hair Loss

Hair loss is not life threatening, but it can be life altering.  More than 80 million people are reportedly fighting hair loss in the United States.  Patrick Marcune is one of them.  He was about 35 years old when he began losing his hair.

"I started seeing a few hairs in the sink, maybe 10-12. I thought that was a natural thing until I looked at pictures then I realized I was losing my hair."

For Marcune, an aspiring actor who has been in several movies, losing his hair hit his self confidence hard.

"I saw myself as getting old, prematurely and I was panicked."

Most people will normally lose about 100 hairs a day, but healthy hair is growing at the same time. However, it's not just men who suffer from hair loss. Some experts say 20% of women will have excessive thinning of their hair. Fifty percent of men will have significant loss by the time they are 50. Experts cite genetics as the most common cause.

Dr. Gary Hitzig, the author of "Help & Hope for Hair Loss", often prescribes chemical treatments like rogaine.

"It will take hairs that are dying or thinning and will slow down their death."

He also prescribes propecia, which is more effective for men.

Dr. Hitzig says eventually, most people move to hair transplants which is now the leading cosmetic surgery among men. Hair is taken from the back and sides of the head and transplanted to the top in a way that's meant to look natural.

Patrick Marcune spent about seven thousand dollars on two transplant procedures and calls it a small price to pay to restore his confidence.

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