Telomeres And Cancer Mortality

A danish study published in April 2015 looked into telomeres. Now we know that as telomeres shorten, your lifespan shortens and the study did show that shortened telomeres in peripheral blood leukocytes were associated with a higher mortality, but in contrast folks who had genetically shorter telomeres from the beginning had lower incidents of cancer! This seemed to be because the rate in which the telomeres shortened in the genetically shorter telomere individuals was slower than those with longer telomeres.