Taller Women Exposed to Higher Cancer Risks

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Tall Women

By: Samuel Otis

Email: samuel@thethinkering.com

 

According to a new study tall women have a higher occurrence of cancer.

The researchers studied more nearly 30,000 women ages 50-79 who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study, an on-going analysis of post-menopausal women and the factors that contribute to their health.  They separate the women into five categories based on their height, starting with women shorter than 5 feet 1 inch, and matched them to data on their cancer rates.

They discovered that for every 10 centimeters of height, a woman’s risk of developing a range of different cancers increased by 13%.  Collectively, they discovered that taller woman had a 13-17 percent greater risk of developing melanoma, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer and colon cancer. 

It is believed some of the same processes that fuel the growth that contributes to height may also feed tumors.

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