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Taller men may be more likely to require testicular cancer treatment from their private medical cover provider

Published on 01/11/2010
Men who are taller than average may be more likely to require surgery or other treatments for testicular cancer from their private medical cover provider, a study has suggested.


Published in the British Medical Journal, the study analysed data on more than 10,000 men.

They found that for every extra two inches or 5cm in height above average, the risk of developing testicular cancer went up by 13 per cent.

Dr Michael Blaise Cook, one of the authors on the study based at the National Cancer Institute, Maryland, USA, said: "The study showed a link between height and testicular cancer but we still do not understand how increased height raises a man's risk of testicular cancer."

However, experts have stressed that height plays a very minor role in testicular cancer risk, with family history and inherited faulty genes accounting for 20 per cent of cases.

Research shows that previous diagnosis of testicular cancer, medical history, ethnicity, undescended testis and age can also affect risk, says Cancer Research UK.

Sara Hiom, director of health information at the charity, said: "Tall men should not be alarmed by this research since fewer than four in 100 testicular lumps are actually cancerous."

Fewer than 2,000 cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK.
© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2010


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