A study published in The Lancet on Tuesday found that people who had a history of hair loss were more likely to develop health problems than those who did not.
Researchers say that the most likely explanation is that people with hair loss may have high levels of antibodies, which can lead to inflammation, leading to the formation of white blood cells that can become infections.
The study, conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), involved 872,959 people.
The researchers looked at the risk of developing cancer, and found that hair loss caused an increased risk of the disease.
“People with a history or present history of head and neck hair loss had a significantly increased risk for developing cancer in all cancers except for lung cancer,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Robert H. Molloy, an associate professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and director of the Icah Center for Bioethics and Society.
In particular, the researchers found that those with a lifetime history of scalp hair loss, especially those who had multiple scalp hair cuts, had a 30% increased risk.
While the results of the study are not conclusive, it is likely that a person with a past history of long hair loss is at an increased higher risk for getting cancer, said Molloys co-author Dr. Anthony Fauci, an assistant professor of medicine at Mount San Antonio Medical Center in Texas.
Dr. Mottos hair loss can cause a hair loss rash that causes a condition known as folliculitis ,” which can cause severe pain and swelling of the scalp, causing the scalp to become red and dry.
Folliculosis, in turn, can lead people to suffer from pain in their lower back, which leads to chronic pain, migraines and headaches.
Because there are so many possible factors that can contribute to hair loss in people, the authors of the paper say that people should avoid scalp hair removal until they have had enough tests and are able to identify the exact cause of the condition.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.