The study found that for every 10 cm of height, the risk of developing cancer increased by 18 percent in women and 11 percent in men.

Additionally, taller women had a 20 percent greater risk of developing breast cancer, whilst the risk of developing melanoma increased by approximately 30 percent per 10 cm of height in both men and women.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet and University of Stockholm examined 5.5 million men and women in Sweden, born between 1938 and 1991 and with adult heights ranging between 100 cm and 225 cm.

They followed the group of individuals from 1958 or from the age of 20 until the end of 2011, and previous studies have also shown the same association between height and cancer.

"To our knowledge, this is the largest study performed on linkage between height and cancer including both women and men," said lead researcher Emelie Benyi from Karolinska Institutet.

The findings were presented at the ongoing 54th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting in Barcelona, Spain.

 

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