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.