Tall women more at risk of cancer

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WOMEN are at greater risk of ovarian cancer, new research has shown.

Being heavier also ups the chances of developing the disease in many women, researchers found. A significant increased likelihood of ovarian cancer was seen for every extra 5cm in height.

This remained true even after taking account of a host of other risk factors including age, menopausal status, smoking, alcohol consumption, family history, and the use of oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

The findings are especially relevant in high income countries, where women have been getting taller and larger over a number of decades.