For men, the number was 11 percent.
"If 50/500 average height women got cancer then 60/500 tall (178cm) women would be expected to get cancer. If you consider a very tall woman, say 6'2" (188cm), then you'd expect 67/500," Leonard Nunney from the University of California, was quoted as saying.
Further, the study examined 23 types of cancers and increased height was found to be a risk factor in 18 of them.
Of 18 cancer types analyzed in both men and women, four -- pancreas, esophagus, stomach and mouth/pharynx -- showed no apparent increase with height.
One type of cancer that did not show any risk associated with height was cervical cancer, which, according to Nunney, has been associated with HPV infections.
Skin cancer, on the other hand, showed the highest risk increase.
This could be due to an increase in growth hormones that can cause an increase in cell division rates, leading to the kinds of larger mutations seen in skin cancers.
For the study, the team compiled data from four large-scale studies on 23 cancer types in the UK, US, South Korea, Austria, Norway, and Sweden.
Source : https://www.medindia.net/news/tall-people-are-more-likely-to-develop-cancer-183295-1.htm