(CBSNEWS) — Some cancer risk factors can be controlled, such as smoking status, your weight and how you eat. A new study finds a significant risk factor for cancer in women might be out of their hands: Their height.
Researchers looked at a pool of more than 144,000 women, and found postmenopausal women who are tall were at a higher risk for melanoma, multiple myeloma (plasma cell cancer) and cancers of the breast, colon, endometrium, kidney, ovary, rectum and thyroid.
The researchers looked at the Women’s Health Initiative, a large, long-running study pool of women in which they are regularly examined and surveyed. Of the pool, researchers selected 20,928 postmenopausal women who were between 50 and 79 years of age and had been diagnosed with one or more invasive cancers during a 12-year follow-up period.