According to a study, the height of a person could make them more prone to cancer. The study was done by the University of California and has been published in the Journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
The study was made from four large-scale projects on 23 cancer categories and it points that the tall individuals are at an increased risk of cancer. The researchers in the study points that the factors like nutrition, health and social conditions influence height and cancer risk.
Leonard Nunney, a professor of biology and researcher said that “I tested the alternative hypothesis that height increases cell number and that having more cells directly increases cancer risk,”
He added that “ The data strongly supported this simple hypothesis.For most cancers, the size of the height effect is predictable from the height-related increase in cell number.” The study points that “Tall individuals are at increased risk of almost all cancers,”
Nunney explained that IGF-1 is an important factor in early development and it is also linked to higher rate of cell division in tall adults. Nunney said that “If your cells divide more often, then that adds to your cancer risk,”