Safer to be short? Tall people more likely to develop cancer, study claims — RT News

Acording to Russia’s news ageny RT, although being tall certainly has its advantages, a new Swedish research study says those who are vertically blessed are actually more likely to develop cancer. It stresses that tall women are particularly affected, according to the research.

Source: Safer to be short? Tall people more likely to develop cancer, study claims — RT News

RT cites study leader Emelie Benyi, a PhD student at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm who explains possible reasons for the link:

“One hypothesis could be that taller individuals are exposed to higher levels of growth factors during childhood and adolescence which could possibly promote cancer development,” she said, as quoted by The Telegraph.

Another hypothesis could be that taller people simply have a larger number of cells in their bodies that then could potentially transform into cancer.

A third possible explanation is that taller individuals have a higher caloric intake, which has also previously been linked to cancer.”

Of course, this is all about relative probability. Neverless, it would make sense for tall women to be aware and perhaps routinely test for cancer.



Countries could boost their GDP by 5-20% if women were treated equally with work and pay – the Economist

This is a powerful article from the Economist, citing a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), a think-tank, underlining how gender inequality in work and society is itself distributed unequally across the world. The Economist rightly zooms in that women make up less than a quarter of the paid workforce in India and account for just 17% of the GDP.

Source: The power of parity | The Economist

It’s well worth reading the McKinsey research on gender inequality first hand.

For me, it’s contradiction that India is proudly the largest democracy in the world, yet the same country is not prepared to address inequality within its society.