Height vs. Cancer: Life's not Fair

You know, life isn't fair.  We all know this, but every so often you see a scientific result that really hits home.  I had one of those moments the other day when I saw this paper in The Lancet.  Here's the synopsis.  They tracked cancer rates in a population of over one million women and found a strong correlation with height.  What is strong?  It comes to about 1.5% for every centimeter in height.  Other factors were controlled for, like race, socioethnic factors, and type of cancer.  

Let me give a word of caution here.  This is only one study.  Granted, it's a huge data set, which gives it credence, but it just came out, and nobody's check the math, as it where.  That said, let's assume there's something to this.  The fact that something this significant can avoid our attention this long just goes to show how little we really know about the world and our own bodies as we like to believe.  The fact is doing "good" studies with meaningful results is hard and expensive, and it's really easy to fool yourself if you cut corners.  

Now I'm going to take a page from the journalists manual and extrapolate this study out to areas it never even claimed to cover.  Let's assume this is true for men as well.  The fact that the trend covered multiple cancer types implies to me that this might not be a big stretch (e.g. it didn't just apply to breast or cervical cancers).  That would mean that someone like Richard Mole (Bull from "Night Court") would be almost two thirds more likely than to get cancer than Tom Cruise.  Now that hardly seems fair.  Of course the apparent inverse relation between career success and acting ability could have told us that already