An analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative involving 144,701 women aged 50 to 79 showed a 13% increase in risk for developing any type of cancer for each 10 centimeter increase in height. The height increase was associated with a 23% to 29% greater risk for kidney, rectum, thyroid and blood cancers, as well as a 13% to 17% increase in the likelihood of developing melanoma and colon, breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers. The findings were published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention journal.

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