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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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First UK Patient Receives Stem Cell Treatment That Cures Blindness

A patient in the UK has become the first person to receive an experimental treatment using stem cells which could in the future cure the eyesight of millions of people.

The woman, who has age related macular degeneration had a successful operation by doctors at Moorfields Eye Hosptial last month. Doctors will not know if the operation will work and she has regained eye_1819937bher sight until December. If she does it could be a massive step is saving sight in millions of people.

The transplant itself contains eye cells, called retinal pigment epithelium, which were created using stem cell research and were grown in a lab. The cells then form a patch that can be placed behind th
e retina during surgery.

If the operation proves a success and the patient regains her sight the potential for this stem cell research could be huge. Although the first patients have the “wet” form of macular degenerative condition the doctors believe that this operation could be used on those who suffer from the “dry” form which is the majority of the sufferers in the United Kingdom.

Stem Cells have moved from drawing board to human trials with incredible speed say scientists. The first embryonic stem cell was grown in 1989. Using them in eyes was always going to have a big advantage over other prospects, because it is possible to transplant them without an attack by the immune system, as would happen in other parts of the body. Most people who have any sort of transplant have to take drugs that suppress the immune system for the rest of their lives.

Stem Cells are believed to be the way forward and if this operation proves to be a success then we are taking a huge step in medical science as well as researching more on the use of stem cells.