Taller Women Have Increased Cancer Risk Study Says

July 21, 2011 by staff 

Taller Women Have Increased Cancer Risk Study SaysTaller Women Have Increased Cancer Risk Study Says, Taller people are more likely to develop some of the most common and fatal cancers; the largest study of links between height and disease has ended. Possibilities of a woman developing cancer increased by 16 percent for each increase of 10 centimeters high, the study said. It looked to 97,000 women with the disease between 1.52 meters and 1.54 meters.

Although the height is known to affect cancer risk, this latest research in the journal The Lancet Oncology shows taller women are at greater risk of getting at least 10 types of cancer, more than previously thought. Including breast, colon, ovarian and skin cancer, leukemia and malignant melanoma.

Advertisement: Story continues below in women of average height, the overall incidence of 850 cancers per 100,000 women per year. At around 1.52 meters, are 750 cancers per 100,000 women per year? However, those around 1.54 meters, is about 1000 cancers per 100,000 women per year.

Researchers led by Dr. Jane Green, the unit of the University of Oxford Cancer Epidemiology, found that for each additional 10.1 inches high, the risk of breast cancer increased by 17 percent of ovarian cancer by it, and uterine cancer by 19 percent. The exact reason for the relationship is unclear and to be high also been associated with a reduced risk of other diseases, especially heart disease. Dr. Green’s team suggested two theories: that hormones related to growth in infancy may result in an increased risk of cancer in recent years, and that tall people are more likely to changes in cancer cells because they have more cells.

”The most likely explanation is that hormonal changes that are associated with height in women may also be related to abnormalities in growth, especially in the chest, leading to cancer,”said Professor Karol Sikora, medical director treatment centers CancerPartnersUK private. Factores”dieta may also be important, especially in relation to the dramatic increase in the incidence of colorectal cancer in tall women.”

Sara Hiom, of Cancer Research UK, said that tall people should not be alarmed by these results as height, have a small effect on the risk of cancer.

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