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Study finds link between women's height and cancer risk

Published on Jul 26, 2013 1:24 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women's chances of developing cancer after menopause increase with their height, according to a new study.

Among nearly 145,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79, researchers found that height was more strongly associated with cancer than such established risk factors as obesity.

The association held true for everything from thyroid cancer to melanoma, researchers reported in the latest issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

It's not height itself that's the risk factor, though. The authors of the new study say height "should be thought of as a marker for one or more exposures that influence cancer risk, rather than a risk factor itself."

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