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Tall Women Have Higher Cancer and Colon Cancer Risk

For every 10 centimeters (about 4 inches) increase in height, women have a 16 percent increase in their risk of cancer. Taller women have an even greater risk for colon cancer — 25 percent for every 10 centimeters.  There is a 14 percent increased risk for rectal cancer. There is about a 37 percent increase in the chance of getting any cancer between the shortest women (less than 5 feet, 1 inch) and the tallest (over 5 feet, 9 inches) according to a very large study in the United Kingdom.