A new study is showing a link between taller women and a high chance of getting one of ten different cancers. Which sucks, because it isn't like you can do anything about how tall you are.
Researchers followed 1.3 million middle-aged women in the United Kingdom for several years, and found the risk of cancer increased by about 16% for every 4 inches or 10 centimeters of increased height.
According to Jane Green, a clinical epidemiologist at Oxford University and the lead author of the study, the tallest group – women 5 feet 9 or taller – were 37% more likely to develop cancer than the shortest group – women 5 feet and shorter- regardless of factors such as age, socioeconomic status, body-mass index and amount of physical activity.
There were 97,376 incidents of cancers reported among the women, and height related increases were greatest for the following: colon, malignant melanoma, breast, endometrial, kidney, central nervous system, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and leukemia.
The study was not meant to find out specifically what it was about height that resulted in the increase, but it could be due to growth hormones earlier in life.
The current results don't mean that taller women need to get more screening, though, and like we said it isn't like you can actively make yourself shorter. But there are always things you can do to lower your risk like certain foods, not smoking, and staying active.
But, regardless of height, you should always be screened no matter what!
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