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.
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.