IT PAYS TO BE SHORT

India Today - - SNAPSHOTS -

There are a lot of ad­van­tages to be­ing tall. From look­ing great in a pair of skinny jeans to be­ing able to grab a cookie jar from the top shelf, tall peo­ple just seem to have it all. But now sci­en­tists claim that tall women may face higher odds of de­vel­op­ing can­cer than their shorter peers. A new study sug­gests that for ev­ery height in­crease of roughly 4 inches, women faced a 13 per cent greater over­all risk for 19 types of can­cer. Af­ter con­sid­er­ing a pa­tient's age, drink­ing and smok­ing his­tory, ed­u­ca­tional back­ground, body- mass in­dex and the use of hor­mone re­place­ment ther­apy, re­searchers con­cluded that in­creased height also ap­peared to be linked to an in­creased risk for can­cer. The rea­son for this as­so­ci­a­tion are un­clear but it may sim­ply have to do with taller peo­ple hav­ing a larger num­ber of cells.

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