I think I better put in a disclaimer first, I am a short guy but I am not bad-hearted and I did not make up all this stuff, okay? So here is the story:-
Researchers at four universities studied more than 9,000 men, some of them had prostrate cancer and other did not. What they found is that taller men are more likely to develop prostate cancer.
They found a man who was over a foot taller than the shortest person in the project had a 19 per cent increased risk of developing the cancer. The risk of prostate cancer rose by six per cent for every 10 centimetres in height.
Two new studies had shown that high calcium levels in the blood and height increase a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. No suggestion was made for taller men to go for screening more often than usual because they said age, family history and race remain the biggest cancer factors.
Scientists, up to now, are still puzzled by what cause the cancer even though prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in men worldwide. 780,000 men diagnosed to have contracted this disease per year.
Lead author Luisa Zuccolo, of Bristol University’s Department of Social Medicine said: ‘Little is known on the causes of prostate cancer and this association with height has opened up a new line of scientific inquiry.
‘We speculate that factors that influence height may also influence cancer and height is therefore acting as a marker for the causal factors.’
Zuccolo said one factor could be the production of Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), which stimulates growth, and is known to be involved in prostate cancer progression.
But she added: ‘Compared to other risk factors, the magnitude of the additional risk of being taller is small, and we do not believe that it should interfere with preventive or clinical decisions in managing prostate cancer.’
The results will be published in this month’s issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
May all men be spared from prostrate cancer, may they be tall or short!