**Odds of cancer shorten for tall
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This article requires an understanding of odds to interpret the headline. Without previous experience students may be able to work out that "shorter odds" means that there is a higher probability of an event happening. In this case it is a greater risk of contracting cancer. There are many qualifications discussed in the article and students should consider these in making a decision, particularly with regard to too much food in childhood.

The 36% increases in cancer for tall men can be expressed in a conditional probability statement,

Pr (cancer|>180cm) = 1.36Pr(cancer|<=165cm).

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