Sometimes good things do come in small packages, and that applies to women, their height and cancer.
Taller women have a higher risk of developing cancer, according to a study published in a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Scientists found that for every relative 4-inch increase in height, there was at least a 13 percent increase in risk of developing any cancer. Specifically, there was a 13 to 17 percent increase in the risk of developing melanoma and cancers of the breast, ovary, endometrium and colon, and a 23 to 29 percent increase in the risk of developing cancers of the kidney, rectum, thyroid and blood.
More cancers were associated with height than were associated with body mass index, said Geoffrey Kabat, senior epidemiologist at Yeshiva University in New York and lead author of the study, in a press release.
“Ultimately, cancer is a result of processes having to do with growth,” Kabat said, “so it makes sense that hormones or other growth factors that influence height may also influence cancer risk.”
More than 20,000 postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 to 79 were studied from 1993 to 1998 by researchers at the Women’s Health Initiative. These women were diagnosed with one or more invasive cancers over a 12-year follow-up. Each woman answered questions about age, weight, education, smoking habits, alcohol consumption and hormone email@example.com or 407-420-5433