Tall women are more likely to get cancer, new research suggests.
American scientists found the taller a post-menopausal woman is, the greater her risk of developing cancer.
Yeshiva University research found that for every 10cm increase in height, there was a 13 per cent increase in risk of developing any cancer.
The study, which revealed more cancers are associated with height than those linked to weight, has surprised scientists.
Height was linked to cancers of the breast, colon, endometrium, kidney, ovary, rectum, and thyroid, as well as to multiple myeloma and melanoma.
These associations did not change even after adjusting for factors known to influence these cancers, in the study of 20,928 post-menopausal women.
Dr Geoffrey Kabat, senior epidemiologist of Yeshiva University, said: 'We were surprised at the number of cancer sites that were positively associated with height.
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