Taller Women face a Higher Risk of Cancer
Jun 12, 2014 06:00AM ● Published by Cate Reynolds
The study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention states that the risk of cancer for women increases by 13 percent with every four inches of added height. The average height of American women is 5' 4", meaning a woman who is 5' 8" has a 13 percent higher chance of getting cancer compared to a woman of average height.
But height, per se, is not to blame. According to this study, headed by lead author Geoffrey Kabat, a cancer epidemiologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, it seems height is not to blame, it is only a factor. The real culprit may be what influences growth: Such as milk intake, high levels of insulin, and increases in hormone growth. —S.H.
Bottom Line: Once again, in the battle against cancer, personal vigilance (know your risks and know your own body) may be the most effective weapon.
Illustration by Yun Ju Yang, Savannah College of Art and Design