Taller women at risk of ovarian cancer

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  • How tall you are may increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to new research

    Taller women are more susceptible to ovarian cancer than their shorter friends, recent research has revealed.

    For every two inches of height, the threat of ovarian cancer rises by 7 per cent, according to a review of 47 studies at Oxford University.

    Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the world, with over 6,500 cases in the UK each year.

    The results may be due to taller women simply having more cells that could become cancerous or it could be an affect of growth hormones.

    The finding remained the same, even when age and use of the pill were considered, however the study found that the disease was more common in women who were overweight.

    Although it is important to find the cause of these results, researchers say the impact on individual women will be small.

    ‘The absolute risk difference is small. The shorter woman will have a lifetime risk of about 16 in a 1000 which increases to 20 in a 1000 for the taller woman,’ says Dr Paul Pharoah, a University of Cambridge cancer expert.


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