Men who are taller than average could be at increased risk of developing testicular cancer.

This is according to a recent research project conducted by experts from the National Cancer Institute in the US.

The scientists looked at more than 10,000 men and noted that for every two inches in height above average, the risk of developing the cancer increased by 13 per cent.

Despite this, the researchers were keen to stress that the lifetime risk of contracting the disease is still relatively low.

Indeed, testicular cancer accounts for less than one per cent of male cancers diagnosed in the UK each year.

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

The scientists told the British Journal of Cancer that other factors, such as family history, had a greater effect on a man's chances of getting testicular cancer.

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