Oesophageal cancer linked to short stature

Although greater height increases the risk of cancer for most forms of the disease, the reverse is true for oesophageal cancer, according to a large international study.

Mean height for male and female patients with oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OAC) were 175cm and 160cm, respectively, compared with 177cm and 163cm in matched controls, data from over 1,000 cases of OAC and controls showed.

A similar height disparity was observed between 2,000 patients with Barrett’s oesophagus and matched controls, found the

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