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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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ScienceShot: Tall People More Likely to Develop Cancer
20 July 2011 7:00 pm
Most people would probably rather be tall than short. But there's a downside to height: tall people are more likely to develop cancer. A study published online today in The Lancet Oncology finds that this relationship holds in women with many types of cancer and across socioeconomic levels. The researchers looked at the incidence of 17 cancer types, from breast cancer to leukemia, over 9 years among 1.3 million women participating in a long-term U.K. health study. Cancer risk rose 16% with every added 10 centimeters in height. The risk was similar when these data were pooled with ten previous studies of cancer and height in men and women in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. The adult height of European populations has risen 1 centimeter per decade since 1900, and this could have increased cancer incidence 10% to 15%, the researchers say. Why being taller makes people more vulnerable to cancer is not known, however. One possibility is that the hormones that cause children to grow taller also stimulate the growth of cancer cells.
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