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Height ‘can affect cancer risk’

22nd July 2011

A new study has determined a link between physical height and a greater risk of contracting cancer.

Analysis conducted as part of the Cancer Research UK-funded Million Women Study has suggested that females are around 16 percent more likely to develop cancer for every four-inch increase in height.

This increased risk was shown to cover at least ten forms of the disease, a wider range than was initially realised, with breast, skin, bowel and ovarian cancer among them.

Scientists explained that this connection could be linked to the elevated hormone levels taller people experience during their childhood growth phase, or simply because they have more cells in their body.

However, Jane Green, lead author of the study based at the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford, noted that greater height has also been linked to beneficial trends, such as a lower heart disease risk.

This comes after Cancer Research UK published new findings this week suggesting that weight is the biggest factor affecting the level of sex hormones associated with breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800631019-ADNFCR

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