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HEIGHT AND CANCER

TALLER PEOPLE ARE AT GREATER RISK FOR CANCER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Taller people are at greater risk to develop cancer, data from the Million Women Study, which has really enrolled and studied close to a million women, reveals. William Nelson, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, says rather than trying to factor in things like height to determine your cancer risk, talk to your physician.

NELSON: There are plenty of guides to estimate cancer risk that someone worried about their cancer risk should sit down with their physician, try and estimate what their cancer risk is considering family history, environment, lifestyle, etcetera, and then plan out a strategy of early detection, and prevention that suits their own risk state. Height may be one of these things you could consider. You have to take a step back. Women are not going to get shorter to prevent cancer, that's not a plausible notion. :27

Nelson says this association between height and cancer risk is also seen in men and has been shown previously. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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