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Taller people have higher risk of cancer

27 October 2018, 06:17 | Silvia Roy

Taller people have higher risk of cancer

Taller people have higher risk of cancer

However, the risk of the majority of the 23 cancers studied in this round of research can be explained simply by the fact that there are more cells in the body of a taller person when compared to someone of shorter stature.

A person's risk of developing cancer increases by 10 percent for every 10 centimeters (4 inches) they are over the average height, the study said, because they have more cells which could mutate and lead to cancer.

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"The simplifications seem reasonable, and therefore the main study conclusion is probably going to be the best-supported one available at present: namely that for most cancer types, cell number can predict sufficiently well the numerical relations between height and cancer, with no need to suggest additional factors", explained Prof Dorothy Bennett, director of the Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute at St George's, University of London. One thing we definitely can't control is our height, but past studies have indicated that cancer risk goes up the taller you are. The research suggests that the hormone that stimulates growth, called IGF-1, has an effect on triggering cancer.

Scientists are repelled from the average height of men is 175 cm and average height women 162 cm.

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The study showed that the average risk of developing cancer for men is 55% higher than that of women. For the research, the group aggregated information from four huge scale researches on 23 types of cancer in the UK, US, South Korea, Austria, Norway and Sweden. The results of his research revealed that women have a 13% increased risk for every additional 10cm in height while men have 11% risk of getting risk. They also have a risk of cancer that is typically 50 per cent lower than that of an average person. The increase in the number of cells increases the likelihood that the cells will turn into tumors. IGF-1 can increase rates of cell division.

The team made a number of interesting findings along the way, including the strong link between height and melanoma risk which may be linked to a growth hormone that increases cell division. No association of height could be found with cancers such as esophagus, stomach, mouth and cervical cancer among women and stomach cancer among men. He also added that men are more likely to get cancers than women due to their stature.

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