Taller Women’s Risk of Developing Cancer Increases With Every Centimeter

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A woman’s height greatly impacts her risk of developing certain cancers, and her chances increase with every centimeter. According to a new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the taller a postmenopausal woman is, the greater her risk for developing breast, colon, kidney, ovary, rectum, and thyroid cancer. Researchers used data from a Women’s Health Initiative study, and identified nearly 21,000 women who had been diagnosed with one or more invasive cancers, and studied the effect of height, accounting for other factors that influence cancers like age, weight, and substance abuse habits. They found that for every 10-centimeter increase in height, there was a 13 percent increase in risk of developing cancer. The authors of the study explained that some genetic variations associated with height are also linked to cancer risk, so more studies need to be done.
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