Study: Height can indicate cancer risk for women
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:03 AM EDT
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new study shows a woman's height can have an impact on her chances of getting cancer.
The study found that every four-inch increase in height was linked with a 13-percent higher risk of developing any of 19 cancers.
The study found that height is an indicator of a number of factors that boost cancer risk for women rather than a risk factor itself.
These factors include genes, nutrition, diet and other environmental influences that affect growth early in life and carry on to adulthood.
Some genetic variations involving height have been linked to cancer risk.
The authors say tall people also have more cells and larger organs increasing chances of mutations.
The British study of more than 1-million women found that every four-inch increase in height corresponded to a 16-percent hike in cancer risk.
The study cautions that while taller women are at higher risk of developing cancer, that doesn't mean taller women need more mammograms or that shorter women should skip screening tests.