Finally, those who have always regretted of not having that extra inch, can let go of that regret! Why? Because a Swedish study of five million people supports the theory that height and cancer risk are linked! Let us further get into details of how this study supports cancer link with height.
The Swedish study basically found out that the taller people are, the higher the risk of having breast cancer and skin cancer among other cancers. The results of the study found that every extra 10cm or 4 inches of height (when fully grown), can develop the risk of cancer by 11% in men and 18% in women.
There are a few things that can be done in order to reduce the risk of having cancer, some of the most important things to do are:
- Give up smoking
- Cut down on alcohol
- Adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle
This study was once found before as well, that there’s a link between height and increased risk of developing cancer, however, reasons for why it exists are not known yet. At the European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology conference, a preliminary report of the study researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm explained how a large group of Swedish adults for more than 50 years was tracked by them.
Taller men and women increased their risk of skin cancer (or melanoma) by 30% and on the other hand, taller women had a 20% greater risk of developing breast cancer. This study’s find are very similar in size to those found by findings of other studies.
“The results could help to identify risk factors that could lead to the development of treatments”. said the Dr Emelie Benyi, who led the study. She also said that “As the cause of cancer is multifactorial, it is difficult to predict what impact our results have on cancer risk at the individual level.”