- According to a new research, the taller a person is the higher their risk of developing cancer is.
- The explanation behind it is because taller people have more cells inside their body.
- The more cells a person is the more they at risk of these cells to grow and mutate into cancer or bring other diseases.
A new study has revealed that tall people are more at risk of developing cancer because they have more cells in their body.
According to the research, an individual’s risk of developing cancer is greater by 10% for every 10 centimeters (4 inches) they are over the average height. The reason is that they have more cells in their body that could grow, mutate and develop into cancer.
The average height defined in the research as 175cm (5 feet, 9 inches) for men and 162cm (5 feet, 4 inches) for women.
A previous research linked height to an increased risk of developing a range of health problems — blood clots, diabetes and heart problems.
Leonard Nunney, a University of California Riverside biology professor, analyzed previous sets of data on individuals who had developed cancer. The data involved over 10,000 cases for both men and women. They compared the figures with anticipated rates based on their height.
Nunney tested the hypothesis that this was due to the number of cells against alternatives, such as possible hormonal differences in taller people, which could lead to an increased rate of cell division, Fox8 wrote.
An association between a person’s total cell number and their likelihood of contracting cancer in 18 of the 23 cancers tested for, according to the study.
The correlation was strongest on colon and kidney cancer and lymphoma.
“We’ve known that there is a link between cancer risk and height for quite a long time — the taller someone is, the higher the cancer risk,” says Georgina Hill from Cancer Research UK, who was not involved in the study.
Hill added that the study gives evidence of the “direct effect” theory that the total research of cells lead to the association.
“The methodology is good – they took data from large studies, which is important, and they looked at lots of different categories of cancer,” Hill said.
But she pointed out that the increase in the risk of developing cancer is small compared to the effects of what lifestyle changes can do.
“It was only a slightly higher risk and that there are more important actions that people can take to make positive changes, [such as] stopping smoking and maintaining a healthy weight,” she said.