BBC NEWS ONLINE: Could height be a cancer risk?

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Release date: 24/10/2018

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Prof Andrew Sharrocks, professor of molecular biology, University of Manchester, said: "Extrapolating from a height correlation to increased cell number being the reason for higher cancer incidence is a big leap and is only one possible explanation.

"Similarly, saying that the higher incidence is due to a higher proliferation rate is also dubious, given the fact that most cancers arise much later in life, long after the increased proliferation associated with enhanced growth during childhood and adolescence has ceased."

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TitleCould height be a cancer risk?
Media name/outletBBC News
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date24/10/18
DescriptionProf Andrew Sharrocks, professor of molecular biology, University of Manchester, said: "Extrapolating from a height correlation to increased cell number being the reason for higher cancer incidence is a big leap and is only one possible explanation.

"Similarly, saying that the higher incidence is due to a higher proliferation rate is also dubious, given the fact that most cancers arise much later in life, long after the increased proliferation associated with enhanced growth during childhood and adolescence has ceased."
URLhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45953442
PersonsAndrew Sharrocks