Women's height linked to ovarian cancer
Taller women have a slightly higher risk of ovarian cancer, according to a review of studies.
Taller women have a slightly higher risk of ovarian cancer, according to a review of studies. Obesity is also a risk factor among women who have never taken HRT, say international researchers. Previous studies have suggested a link, but there has been conflicting evidence. Lead researcher Professor Valerie Beral of Oxford University’s Cancer Epidemiology Unit told the BBC: ‘By bringing together the worldwide evidence, it became clear that height is a risk factor.’ She said there was also a clear relationship between obesity and ovarian cancer in women who had never taken HRT. ‘Ovarian cancer can clearly be added to the list [of cancers linked to obesity],’ she added.
Originally published on BBC News online by Helen Briggs on 3 April 2012 (link to original)