There might be a connection between height and risk of developing cancer, a Yeshiva University professor is saying.
Geoffrey Kabat has conducted a study determining taller women have higher chances of some forms of cancer, in particular breast cancer. Research has shown a correlation in the past, but Kabat wanted to put the theory to the test while accounting for variables like stress, income, diet and education.
“It’s hard to study because growth takes place in childhood and adolescence, and cancer takes place four decades later,” Kabat told Discover Magazine.
“You really want to make very sure that you have excluded the possibility that any association you find between height and cancer is not due to the interference of some sort of other factor.”
The professor used data from nearly 150,000 women compiled by the Women’s Health Initiative between 1993 and 1998. Kabat established a meaningful connection between height and cancer in a variety of places on the body.
“For each additional 10 cm (3.94 inches) of height, a woman had a 1.13 times greater overall cancer risk,” Discover Magazine reported.
Cancer research in Israel, and at Yeshiva University in particular, is an important and growing market, with scientists from around the globe traveling to the Jewish state to take part in studies.