Study links cancer to height

Tall people have a higher risk of cancer than the shortest, for the simple reason they have more cells in their bodies that could mutate in cancer, according to a new American scientific study.

For every ten centimeters in height, according to observations, the risk of cancer increases by about 9% in men and by 12% in women. Something similar seems to be happening to dogs too, as they are more likely to have more cancer than small ones. Various explanations have been proposed for the causes between the height-cancer relationship without a definitive response to date.

The new study, led by Professor of Biology Leonard Nani of the University of California-Rivera, published in the biology journal “Proceedings of the Royal Society B” of the Royal Society of Sciences, according to the Guardian, concludes that increased risk does not does so with growth hormones or with environmental or dietary factors, but in that in a larger body where more cell divisions occur, it is more likely that something goes wrong, that is, in.

The new study, based on estimates of the number of cells in the human body, concluded that it is to be expected that the taller ones are more likely to be affected because of most of their cells alone. It was calculated that for every ten centimeters higher, the risk of cancer due to most cancer divisions, and therefore the most likely mutations, is increased by 11% for men and by 13% for women (percentages as derived from patient statistics ).

The increased risk of cancer due to height is related to 18 of the 23 most common cancers. In some types of cancer, height does not seem to play a role. On the other hand, the scientists have reassured the taller ones that the risk increase is small and that in any case they can take increased precautions, taking care of their diet, doing regular exercise, cutting off smoking etc.

It is noted that yesterday it was announced that colorectal cancer incidence increased at an average annual rate of 6% between 2008-2016 among those aged 20-39 in Europe.