Your Height can be an indication of your cancer risk!

Your Height can be an indication of your cancer risk!
Your Height can be an indication of your cancer risk!
Cancer is a chronic disease that can affect different parts of your body. It occurs when cells in the body grow uncontrollably and spread to other parts of the body. Old age, a personal or family history of cancer, tobacco use, alcohol consumption and exposure to radiation can increase a person’s risk of cancer. It is said that height can also determine how prone we are to cancer.

1.A new research report has stated:-

Your height could determine you risk of cancer. The research team looked at the global evidence on the link between diet, weight, physical activity and cancer. It was found that the taller you are the more at risk you are of ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, colorectal, breast and kidney cancer.

2.Details of study findings:-

The study concluded that every extra five centimeters in height can put you at risk of certain cancers along with specificities.

1.Kidney – 10 percent increased risk
2.Pre and post-menopausal breast cancer – nine and 11 percent respectively
3.Ovarian – eight percent
4.Pancreatic – seven percent
5.Colorectal – five percent
6.Prostate – four percent.

3.Why your height influences your risk of cancer:-

The most important thing to remember is that it is not a person’s height itself – i.e. the distance from your head to your feet – that increases your risk of cancer. Instead, it is the process that your body has undergone to make you tall that is linked to cancer. In other words, a person’s final adult height is a visual representation of the growth process that someone’s body has undergone from conception through to adulthood.

So height should be thought of only as a marker, or indicator, of the whole series of events and experiences from conception to adulthood – and it is identifying what aspect or aspects of this process influences cancer risk that is important.

4.You can’t change your height, but you can make healthier lifestyle choices:-

Overall, being tall is not a bane and can prove to be a boon when it comes to preventing chronic illnesses including diabetes, strokes and heart attacks. Also, there’s nothing you can really do about it. Height cannot be changed. However, if you want to reduce your risk of cancer, there are certain steps you can take in terms of eating healthy and being physically active. Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking or avoiding alcohol consumption and getting regular medical care can reduce your risk of cancer.

 5.General cancer symptoms:-

 Some of the most common symptoms of cancer include:

– Fatigue that doesn’t get better with rest

– Unexplained weight loss or gain

– Swelling or lumps anywhere in the body

– Pain, especially new or with no known reason, that doesn’t go away or gets worse

– Skin changes

– Cough or hoarseness

– Unusual bleeding or bruising for no known reason

– Change in bowel habits

– Bladder changes such as pain when passing urine, blood in the urine or needing to pass urine more or less often

– Fever or nights sweats

–  Mouth changes such as sores, bleeding, pain, or numbness your height could determine you risk of cancer.


It was found that the taller you are the more at risk you are of ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, colorectal, breast and kidney cancer.