Height, weight possible factor in melanoma growth

March 6, 2008 8:56:49 AM PST
Height and weight could play a role in a woman's chances of developing a certain type of cancer.

Researchers in Australia looked at eight past studies involving more than 2,000 women with melanoma and 2,700 healthy women. They found that the tallest one-fourth of individuals in the study were 30 percent more likely to have melanoma than shorter women. In addition, putting on five pounds or more boosted melanoma risk by 50 percent.

Risks associated with height and weight gain were strongest among women younger than 50.

This study is in the International Journal of Cancer.