Tall People At Higher Cancer Risk

Posted: Oct 1 2015, 10:25pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Tall People at Higher Cancer Risk
The shortest man ever, Chandra Bahadur Dangi meets the worlds tallest man, Sultan Kosen for the very first time on November 13, 2014 in London, England. Photo Credit: Getty Images

New long-term study finds that with height comes an increased risk of cancer.

Sometimes there are results from Science that is just not helping anybody. A new large-scale study in Sweden shows that taller people are at higher risk to get cancer in their lives. So what should tall individuals do with this information? There is no way to get smaller. At best the link between height and cancer is a hint to take more care of one self.

The increase in risk of developing cancer is quite significant. The study found that for every 10 cm of height, the risk of developing cancer increased by 18% in women and 11% in men. 

Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet and University of Stockholm examined 5.5 million men and women in Sweden, born between 1938 and 1991 and with adult heights ranging between 100 cm and 225 cm.

They followed the group of individuals from 1958 or from the age of 20 until the end of 2011.

Taller women had a 20% greater risk of developing breast cancer, whilst the risk of developing melanoma increased by approximately 30% per 10 cm of height in both men and women. 

"To our knowledge, this is the largest study performed on linkage between height and cancer including both women and men," said Dr Emelie Benyi, a PhD student at Karolinska Institutet who led the study. 

The data on adult heights was collected from the Swedish Medical Birth, the Swedish Conscription, and the Swedish Passport Registers, whereas the cancer data was retrieved from the Swedish Cancer Register.

"It should be emphasized that our results reflect cancer incidence on a population level," said Dr Benyi. "As the cause of cancer is multifactorial, it is difficult to predict what impact our results have on cancer risk at the individual level." 

 The study got presented on October 1 at the 54th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting.

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