A new recent found that taller women are more prone to develop cancer than women who were short. The range of cancers included breast, ovary, uterus, bowel, blood and skin. The researchers studied 1.3 million middle-aged women inBritainbetween 1996 and 2001 which was part of the Million Women Study. The women ranged between 5 feet 1 inch to 5 feet 10 inches, averaging around 5 feet 5 inches. Over an average follow-up of 10 years, the women who were the taller end of the range developed more cancers than those who were shorter.
The researchers found that the cancer risk increased by 16% for every 4 inch increase in height despite her ‘birth year, socioeconomic status, alcohol consumption, physical activity level and other factors typically linked to cancer risk.” Researchers have not found the reasons why taller women are more prone to develop cancer, but predict that it maybe because of higher levels of growth-related hormones.
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