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.

Thoughts?

 

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  1. This interesting piece by Dr Alf may relate to a study Metropolitan Life of New York did of policyholders and mortality and morbidity prior to 1979.

    They looked at more than 100,000 people and found that if you were short and fat with a high Body Mass Index you were more likely to get heart disease, diabetes and related problems.

    People who were taller and slimmer were less likely to get heart disease, diabetes and strokes but more likely to get life-threatening cancers.

    Metropolitan Life of New York prepared two graphs to show at what point death could be sensibly predicted for the two types of people.

    There was a point at which the two crossed which seemed to indicate that our Creator or Nature (based on your view of the world), had, like the makers of car tyres and washing machines, built in a measure of “planned obsolescence” into us all.

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