Study Shows Link Between Height, Cancer Risk

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Research drawn from physical and health data for five million people in Sweden links tallness to a higher risk for cancer.

The risk of developing cancer is increased by 10% in men and 18% in women for every 10 cm (4 inches) over 1 m in height. This research was presented at the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology.

These findings support similar results from other studies that linked height with cancer risk, including a 2013 US study consisting of only women that found a 13% higher risk of developing certain cancers for each 10 cm of height.

However, outside experts are skeptical of the new research and question the methodology. They stress that factors such as genetics or obesity have a much stronger link to cancer risk.

“It sounds an odd relationship at first glance, but it is actually very plausible that the risk of cancer in a person should be related to the number of cells in their body, since that determines the number of cells ‘at risk,’” said Dorothy Bennett, a scientist at University of London in comments issued by the Science Media Centre.

Link between tallness, higher cancer risk: study
Research drawn from physical and health data for five million people in Sweden links tallness to a higher risk for cancer.
Being tall is linked to a higher risk of cancer, especially for women, said research Thursday drawn from physical and health data for five million people in Sweden. For every 10 centimetres (four inches) over one metre in height, the odds of developing cancer increased by 10 percent in men and 18 percent in women, the research team reported at a medical conference in Barcelona.
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