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Being tall has been linked to a greater risk of 10 common types of cancer, according to a recent study
Tall woman are more likely to develop some of the most common types of cancer, according to researchers from Oxford University.
The study of more than one million women, which was published in The Lancet Oncology, shows that for every four inches above 5ft a woman is, her risk of developing cancer increases by 16 percent.
Researchers looked at middle-aged women in the UK between 1996 and 2001, and found that those who were taller than 5ft 9in were 37 percent more likely to develop cancer than those under 5ft. Although the study only looked at women, researchers claim the height link is also present in men.
The study linked ten types of cancer to height, including breast, bowel, ovarian, skin cancer, leukaemia and malignant melanoma.
The reason for the link between cancer and height is unclear, but Dr Jane Green, who led the study, suggests that the correlation could be due to either hormones linked to growth in childhood, or tall people simply having more chance of having cancerous cells because they have more cells.
‘Obviously height itself cannot affect cancer, but it may be a marker for something else,’ says Dr Green.
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