I was reading a book on radiation biology, and the book describes the process of "indirect action", where radiation can first ionize a water molecule forming a free radical, which then may interact with important cellular molecules, such as DNA. This contrasts with "direct action" which involves direct ionization of a key cellular molecule.
The book states that as hydration increases, the probability of indirect action occurring increases. Given that indirect action normally predominates over direct action in cells, could this mean that over-hydration could be a risk factor for developing cancer in humans? Has there been any research into this?
In addition, would larger humans, who obviously have a larger bodily water content, have an increased risk of developing cancer compared with smaller humans?