Taller People at High Risk of Developing Cancer

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Cancer Risk
In one of the longest and largest ever study examining the association between height and cancer, scientists from Sweden have concluded that taller people may be at a higher risk of developing different types of cancer which includes breast and skin cancer. The study examined 5.5 million men and women in Sweden born between 1938 and 1991 with adult heights ranging between 100 cm and 225 cm.

Researchers from Karolinska Institute and University of Stockholm followed individuals from 1958 or from the age of 20 until 2011. The results revealed that for every 10 cm of height the risk of developing cancer increased by 11% in men and 18% in women. The research also highlighted that taller women had 20% chances of developing breast cancer. On the other hand, the risk of skin cancer increased by 30% in both men and women for every 10 cm.

The study presented at annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology conference in Barcelona did not however take into account other important factors such as smoking. 

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