Bowel cancer: The surprising ‘overlooked’ factor that could raise your risk of the disease

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But the researchers stressed that previous evidence “offered conflicting results, carried inconsistent measures of height and failed to include the risk of adenomas, which are precancerous colon polyps”.

One of the research authors explained the potential reason behind this connection. Elinor Zhou said: “One possible reason for this link is that adult height correlates with body organ size.

“More active proliferation in organs of taller people could increase the possibility of mutations leading to malignant transformation.”

To illustrate the findings with numbers, the study found that every 10-centimetre increase (which is about four inches) in height was associated with a 14 percent higher risk of developing bowel cancer.



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