Most tall people are conditioned for some extra hardships in every day life: ducking under doorframes, for example, or finding a rental car that fits.
Now, researchers think that additional height may pose a risk of a different sort: tall post-menopausal women seem to be at greater risk for developing cancer, according to a study published today in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
In the data set of 20,928 postmenopausal women, identified from a cohort of 144,701 women, researchers were surprised to find a stronger link between cancer and height than body mass index.
BLOG: China Admits to "Cancer Villages"
"Ultimately, cancer is a result of processes having to do with growth, so it makes sense that hormones or other growth factors that influence height may also influence cancer risk," Geoffrey Kabat, Ph.D., an epidemiologist in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, N.Y., said in a press release.