News broke that taller individuals have an increased risk of cancer because they have more cells in the body that could mutate and lead to cancer. The study indicated that the risk of cancer increases by 10% for every 4 inches a person is over the average height, defined as 5 feet, 4 inches for women and 5 feet, 9 inches for men.
There were many thoughts about this on Twitter:
Tall people are more likely to get cancer, study says https://t.co/1AaAjKTEGo good for short folks but a curious association. Usually tall is associated with advantage
— F Bruder Stapleton (@BruderStapleton) October 25, 2018
Tall people at greater risk of cancer 'because they have more cells' https://t.co/YaHriZLZY0
— Ernest (@ErnestM__) October 28, 2018
— Dr. Kerryane Monahan, NBCT (@DrKerryane) October 26, 2018
— Jonathan Stegall, MD (@DrStegall) October 30, 2018
— Dr. Stefan Gruenwald (@sgruenwald) October 29, 2018
Tall people at greater risk of cancer 'because they have more cells' https://t.co/L8nXjw9Snu
If this hypothesis is correct, why wouldn't the determining factor be body weight, rather than height. A short, morbidly-obese person could have as many cells as a tall, non-obese one.
— Nathan Letts, PhD 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦 (@Sciguy999) October 24, 2018
Its nice when the news asks for what you think: Tall people are at higher risk of cancer — here's the long and the short of it https://t.co/IH5cbEmx7V
— Andrew Brooks (@CytokineSignal) October 24, 2018