The Height Could Be a Sign of Cancer Risk

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VIVA – Cancer is a chronic disease in which some of the body’s cells grow uncontrollably and spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can start almost anywhere in the human body, which is made up of trillions of cells.

Several factors such as old age, personal or family history of cancer, smoking, alcohol consumption, and exposure to radiation rays can increase a person's chances of developing cancer. However, according to recent research, it turns out that our height can also determine how susceptible we are to cancer.

According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, your height can determine your risk of cancer. The research team looked at global evidence on the relationship between diet, weight, physical activity, and cancer.

It was found that the taller you are the more at risk you are of ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, colorectal, breast, and kidney cancer. The study concluded that every extra five centimeters in height can put you at risk of certain cancers along with specificities.

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Why the height influences your risk of cancer

Susannah Brown, science programmer manager for World Cancer Research International, explains why someone’s height affects their risk of cancer, “The most important thing to remember is that it is not a person’s itself, the distance from your head to your feet that increases your risk. Instead, it is the process that your body has undergone to make you tall that’s linked to cancer,”

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