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Some consolation for the vertically challenged

Discussion in 'Personal' started by T34, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. T34

    T34 Lead commenter

    apparently cancer risk increases with height -
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/...ple-more-likely-to-get-cancer-say-researchers

    I can see that skin cancer risk increases with the amount of skin you possess, and that the more cells you comprise of the more chance there is of one of them going wrong, but what about whales and elephants? Do they have more cells than us, or do they have some extra form of protection?
    Could be an area to research.
     
  2. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    Can't be just that they're closer to the sun......?
     
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  3. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Less bone to get cancer in too. Did the researchers look into the occurrence of cancer in amputees and find anything particularly unusual?
     
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  4. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    The difference taken as a proportion of our distance from the sun must be extremely small.
     
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  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Also, if you're UNTALL, you can use your height as an excuse to get chatting.

    "Oh, would you mind terribly? I can't quite reach that. Would you be an angel. You're so tall!"

    Well, I would. If I needed to.
     
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  6. T34

    T34 Lead commenter

    I should imagine that anything you get taken off will decrease the risk at least somewhat - some items decreasing it more than others, of course. An argument for circumcision?
    I had my tonsils and adenoids out at the age of 11 so that's reassuring, at least
     
  7. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Or just slip, slap, slop?
     
  8. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    As a not over tall, I often have to ask for help in reaching from high shelves. In spite of what they might say, men LOVE being asked for help!! ;)
     
  9. emilystrange

    emilystrange Star commenter

    i knew there was a silver lining.
     
  10. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Oh lord, I do that all the time in supermarkets. What's more difficult is when a little old lady who is even shorter than I am asks me for help - I have been known to use the shelves as a ladder to get the goods from the top of the display!
     
  11. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Something that had me pondering this afternoon, since I know precious little about biology is this:

    Does the body increase its number of cells as we grow or do the cells just get larger?
     
  12. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    We reached perfection sooner!
     
  13. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    It increases the number of cells.
     
  14. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    Every new cell a new opportunity for things to go wrong. That's why parts of the body where cells are very frequently replaced are most prone to cancer.
    Do short people not sunbathe so much?
     
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  15. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Exactly, xena (or may I call you......no, I'm not brave enough).

    Short people are more self-conscious and don't expose themselves as much. How about THEM onions!
     
  16. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    My son's 6ft 4in. He doesn't get his kit off any more often than he can help because he thinks he looks lanky.
     
  17. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    So do I! Whilst I'm not the shortest person I know, at 5ft 4ins I do struggle in some circumstances.
     
  18. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Interesting. I take it then that there are adequate cells in a child's organs to enable them to function properly and the only reason for the organs to add more is to cope with the requirements of a larger body. Could we surmise from this that the incidence of cancer is higher in America than Japan purely because the two races have different builds rather than aspects of diet or climate?
     
  19. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    America is predominantly peopled by immigrants of many nationalities. I don't think you can claim a "national build" for them. They're large because the standard of living has been high for 70 years, and obese for the same reasons anyone else is. There are too many different causes of cancer for any one factor to be definitive.
     
  20. emilystrange

    emilystrange Star commenter

    i wonder what the skin cancer rate in goths is?
     

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