Shorter Women at Less Risk for Cancer?

Posted: October 23, 2011 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health
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If you’re sitting there scratching your head, wondering why I would choose to write about this topic, you clearly haven’t seen me. I stand at a whopping five-foot-one, so naturally, this information is completely interesting to me. A new study published in the Lancet Oncology suggests that the shorter a woman is, the less risk she has of having cancer. Thus, the taller the woman, the greater a chance of having cancer.

Now, there are obviously other risk factors, such as genetics and environment, etc., but height, according to this study, is also a key player. British researchers say that for every four inches of growth, a woman increases her risk by 16 percent. Specifically, the risk for developing breast cancer is increased by 17 percent, ovarian cancer 16 percent and cervical cancer by 19 percent.

-Julia Fuino

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