ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – According to a new study, women’s chances of developing cancer after menopause increase with their height.

Almost 145,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79 participated in the study. Among those women, researchers found that height was more strongly associated with cancer than such already established risk factors such as obesity.

Researchers reported the same link for thyroid cancer and melanoma in the latest issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

The authors stated in the study that “height should be thought of as a marker for one or more exposure that influence cancer risk, rather than a risk factor itself.”

According to the American Cancer Society, the average woman’s lifetime risk of cancer is 38.2 percent.

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