Women - the taller you are the more likely you'll get cancer

Women - the taller you are the more likely you'll get cancer

Women - the taller you are the more likely you'll get cancer

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by CYD DUTCHER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

OXFORD, England -- The taller a woman is greatly increases her risk of developing one of the 10 cancers that exist today, according to a recent study in The Lancet Journal.

The study followed 1.3 million middle-aged women living in the United Kingdom. After researching for several years, the study found that cancer risk increases about 16 percent for every four inches of a woman’s height, as CNN reports.

Though the study did not investigate exactly what about being tall increases a woman’s cancer risks, the findings were undeniable. The tallest group of women – those 5 feet 9 inches or taller – were 37 percent more likely to develop cancer than the shortest group of women who were 5 feet and shorter. 

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