Researchers from the University of Oxford have released findings that taller women are more likely to develop ovarian cancer than their shorter friends. The study of more than 100,000 women found that for every two inches of height, women experience a 7% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer – regardless of other risk factors.
Lead researchers speculate that this connection may be due to increased levels of the protein growth factor IGF-1, which has been linked to breast and prostate cancers in the bast. Another theory posits that tall women have more cells in their bodies, which may increase their risk of developing cancer.
Many are hopeful that the new findings will provide clues into how ovarian cancer develops – resulting in more effective screening and treatment.
Women can reduce their risk of ovarian cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious meals, getting active, and establishing a regular screening schedule with their primary care physician.