Long Legs Linked to Cancer
In most cultures, tall with long legs are considered good things to be and have, respectively. You need only look at athletes and supermodels to confirm that’s true in our society.
But no favorable trait comes without its drawbacks. A new study from the University of Minnesota has linked long legs to a greater risk of colorectal cancer. Compared with people who had shorter legs, those with long legs had a 42% higher risk of developing colorectal cancer, according to the report.
Colorectal cancer has been linked to a number of risk factors, such as inactivity, smoking, and eating large amounts of red meat -- but this is the first time long legs have been seen as a contributing factor. However, there has been evidence from previous studies that taller people in general are more likely to develop colorectal cancer.
Why is this?
One theory is that because taller people have longer colons (and more surface area within the organs where colon cancer could develop), they have more chances to develop the condition. Another suggestion addresses the long leg link directly -- increased levels of growth hormones, which affect leg length in particular, could also be the driving factor for colorectal cancer.
This newest study examined 3 aspects of the participants' height: overall height, torso height and leg length. Leg length was the only factor linked to people's colon cancer risk. The researchers in this investigation did not find a significant link between people's overall height or torso height and their cancer risk, though they do not rule out that such a link exists.