According to a new study just unveiled at the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology conference in Barcelona, Spain, taller people have a higher risk of developing cancer than their shorter peers. The study, conducted by a research team from Karolinska Institutet and the University of Stockholm in Sweden, involved the examination of more than 5 million Swedish men and women on height and its relationship to the likelihood of gene mutation.
Their findings specified that taller women had a 20 percent heightened risk of breast cancer. Both men and women had a 30 percent probability of developing melanoma for every 10 centimeters of height.
Lead researcher Dr Emelie Benyi from the Karolinska Institute in a press release from the endocrinology society said: “To our knowledge, this is the largest study performed on linkage between height and cancer including both women and men.” She added that the results demonstrated “an association of height: and not a causal effect for cancer.
Taller individuals have higher tendencies of gene mutation leading to malignant tumors because they have a higher number of cells. She also noted that discovering contributory factors such as height can aid in developing future cancer treatments.
The study received mixed reviews. Some pundits criticized the research team’s methodologies since it has previously been proven that obesity and genetics are more likely to put one at risk for developing cancer.
Others, such as Dr Dorothy Bennett from the University of London, England initially found it “odd” but considers the study to be “highly plausible.” She reiterated that the more cells a body contains the higher the probability of gene mutation.
Benyi concluded that their study does not indicate that every tall person will get cancer. “As the cause of cancer is multifactorial, it is difficult to predict what impact our results have on cancer risk at the individual level. Our studies show that taller individuals are more likely to develop cancer, but it is unclear so far if they also have a higher risk of dying from cancer or have an increased mortality overall.”
Taller People Have Higher Risk Of Cancer