Friday, 15 February, 2019

Tall People Are at Greater Risk of Developing Cancer, Research Finds

Cancer cells Tall People Are at Greater Risk of Developing Cancer, Research Finds
Melissa Porter | 27 October, 2018, 18:19

American researchers from the University of California at riverside found that tall people have greater risk of cancer than people of other growth. They assessed the risk of 23 of cancer.

The research says taller people just have more cells.

"What we haven't been sure of is why - whether this is simply because a taller person has more cells in their body, or whether there's an indirect link, such as something to do with nutrition and childhood", added Hill, who was not involved in the study.

For each 10cm increase in human height over the average utilized in the study of 5ft 7in for men and 5ft 3in for ladies, there is a 10 percent higher risk of that individual getting cancer. Was there some weird cellular quirk in taller people that was increasing instances of cancer, or maybe some link between the roles of genes associated with height and cancer-causing mechanisms later in life?

The findings match with previous research, which has also connected height to an increased risk of developing a range of health problems including blood clots, heart problems and diabetes.

In the research, Professor Leonard Nunney and colleagues predicted that a 10-centimeter (4 inches) increase over average height would correspond to a 13 percent increased risk of cancer in women, and a 11 percent increase for men.

Nunney explained that taller people have higher levels of a growth hormone known as IGF-1, which boosts the rate of cell division.

Scientists are repelled from the average height of men is 175 cm and average height women 162 cm.

"The methodology is good - they took data from large studies, which is important, and they looked at lots of different categories of cancer". The researcher said that some cancers may have not shown any link with height because its effect was masked by other drivers such as HPV infection for cervical cancer. At the same time, referring to this faster cell development rate, Bennett also advises, "I can not, at present, think of any reason why this should be so, but nor any other clear reason for the higher correlation with height". Even a light smoker (about three per day) has a huge six times increase in lung cancer risk ie: 50/500 becomes 300/500'.

The researchers reviewed 23 cancer types and reported that the higher man, the higher her chance of developing cancer.