April 6, 2012

Taller Women prone to Ovarian Cancer

A new study has revealed that increase in height and weight of women would have resulted in ovarian cancer frequency increasing by 3% per decade. The result of the study was published in the ‘PLoS Medicine’.

The Oxford University based Collaborative Group on Epidemiological Studies of Ovarian Cancer along with around 100 internationally accredited researchers analyzed individual data of 25,157 women with ovarian cancer and 81,311 women without ovarian cancer of 47 epidemiological studies from 14 countries and almost all the relevant data available worldwide and reached to the conclusion.

They studied factors like increase in height, age, Body Mass Index (BMI), menopausal status, smoking, alcohol consumption, having first degree relatives with ovarian or breast cancer, use of oral contraceptives, use of menopausal hormone therapy etc. and found that for every 5cm increase in height a noteworthy increase in the risk of developing ovarian cancer is present. But the remaining factors were silent towards the risk.

Besides height, the researchers also marked enhancement of risk of ovarian cancer with the change of BMI. However, for body mass index, the risks depended on whether women had ever taken menopausal hormone therapy.

The study also observed that besides increase in height and BMI, no other factors like women's age, year of birth, society, education, family history of ovarian or breast cancer, menopausal status, hysterectomy were responsible to increase the risk of ovarian cancer.


  1. that is absolutely the correct info, appreciated, according to a recent study researchers have concluded that cancer prone taller women may have harmful affects on breast, skin, womb or kidney also.

    1. Thank you Aakriti for your kind feedback.