Research links sleep apnea to increased cancer risk

The New York Times “Well” blog reports, “Two new studies have found that people with sleep apnea, a common disorder that causes snoring, fatigue and dangerous pauses in breathing at night, have a higher risk of cancer.” This “research marks the first time that sleep apnea has been linked to cancer in humans.”

Investigators “in both studies, being presented in San Francisco this week at an international conference organized by the American Thoracic Society … ruled out the possibility that the usual risk factors for cancer, like age, smoking, alcohol use, physical activity and weight, could have played a role.”

HealthDay reports, “Dr. Steven Park, a sleep medicine specialist and otorhinolaryngologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, said he wasn’t surprised by the findings.”

According to Dr. Park, “This goes along with the link between sleep apnea and pretty much every chronic medical condition out there.”

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