Tallness linked to higher cancer risk


July 21, 2011 2:18:57 PM PDT
Being tall is now being linked to a greater risk of 10 common cancers.

The study in the Lancet suggests increases in height over the past century might help explain changes in incidences of the disease.

Past research has also shown a link between height and cancer risk.

But this new report extends the findings to more cancer and for women with differing life styles and economic backgrounds.

The report finds the risk of cancer in women rises by about 16 percent for every four inch increase in height.

Why height would be linked to cancer risk is not clear.

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