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Being Taller Raises Your Risk Of Cancer

A recent study from Sweden has suggested that height and cancer risk are linked. The study was taken part by 5 million people to see if there was a link.

The study found that taller people had a slightly higher risk of skin cancer, breast cancer, among other cancers. The results of the study found that for every extra 4 inches of height, when fully grown, the risk of developing cancer increased by 11% in men and 18% in women.

However experts have said it did not take into account the other main risk factors that can cause cancer and that tall people should not worry about this recent study.

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This is not the first study to link height and the risk of cancer as previous studes have shown the link. It is still not known why there is a link between the risk of cancer and height.

The study, which was presented at the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology conference, tracked a large group of Swedish adult for more than 50 years.

They said that taller women had a 20% greater risk of developing breast cancer while tallker men and women increased their risk of melanoma (skin cancer) by 30%.

Dr Emelie Benyi, who led the study, said the results could help to identify risk factors that could lead to development of treatments.

But she added: “As the cause of cancer is multi-factorial, it is difficult to predict what impact our results have on cancer risk at the individual level.”

It is clear from the study that height is not a cause of cancer, it is thought to be a marker for other factors that relate to childhood growth.

According to scientists and doctors taller people have more growth factors which could encourage cancer development. The taller the person the more cells the person has which increases one of them turning into a cancerous cell. As well when growing there is a higher food intake which also raises the risk of cancer developing.

Althought the study suggests height raises the risk of cancer it doesn’t take into account other factors such as smoking, drinking or whether women went for breast screening. Keep a healthy lifestyle including eating healthily, being active and enjoying the sun safely. It can all help lower the risk of developing cancer.

 

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Smoking In Cars With Children In Is Now Illegal

A new legislation has come in today for England and Wales banning people from smoking in cars carrying children. Healthcare professionals have welcomed the landmark legislation, but some argue that the new law is “unnecessary and unenforceable”. Here’s everything you need to know:

It is now an offence to smoke in any enclosed vehicle that is carrying anyone under 18. Drivers and passengers caught lighting up will face a £50 fixed penalty fine, reduced to £30 if paid within two weeks. The law applies to all private vehicles, except convertibles with the roof down. Electronic cigarettes are exempt from the ban and can be used within the car.

BJGH40 Woman smoking cigarette in car. Doctors in UK are calling for a ban of smoking in cars.

The law is aimed at protecting children from the harmful and long-lasting effects of passive smoking. The British Lung Foundation estimates that more than 430,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in cars every week. The chemicals present in second-hand smoke have been known to cause chest infections, asthma and cot death in children and health experts warn that the smoke can stay in the car for up to two and a half hours – even if a window is opened.

“Smoking just a single cigarette in a vehicle exposes children to high levels of air pollutants and cancer-causing chemicals and people often wrongly assume that opening a window, or letting in fresh air, will lessen the damage,” said England’s Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies.

Healthcare professionals have welcomed the move, describing it as “landmark” legislation. Ian Gray, principal policy officer for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, expects that there will be “very high levels of compliance” from drivers. “Hardly anyone can believe it is a good idea to smoke in your car when children are present.”

But some have criticised the law for intruding into citizens’ private space. The legislation is both “unnecessary and unenforceable,” says Simon Clark, director of the smokers’ lobby group Forest. He argues that the overwhelming majority of smokers are aware of the risks of smoking in front of children and they don’t do it in front or near children. “If drivers are spotted smoking will they be stopped in case there’s a child in the back?” he asked. “The authorities, especially the police, must have better things to do.”