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Height, not weight, linked to a number of cancers scientists say
07-26-2013, 02:10 AM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Ok, just reading this before slinking into bed, but wtf? 13.gif

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.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/articl...pause.html

07-26-2013, 04:03 PM #2
yankees skier
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I find this very odd. 13.gif

07-26-2013, 04:18 PM #3
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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It does seem very odd. I'm not certain how that could be. It's a fact VERY tall people don't live as long as most people, but we're not talking about that.

07-26-2013, 04:24 PM #4
yankees skier
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Agreed. I would expect height to have an effect on joints, heart and organ effort....not cancer.

07-26-2013, 07:55 PM #5
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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(07-26-2013, 04:24 PM)yankees Wrote:  Agreed. I would expect height to have an effect on joints, heart and organ effort....not cancer.

New one on me ~ but think about it for a minute.

During the same growth period for shorter people, tall people have a genetic trigger that causes their bones (possibly organs, too) to grow longer/larger. There must be something genetically different about bones that get the 'trigger' to grow.

Perhaps the same trigger or a similar type, is related to the growth of cancerous cells?

Just thinkin'...
07-26-2013, 08:06 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,184 Threads:1,536 Joined:Feb 2011
That's quite possible DaJ. dunno.gif



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