Sleep Apnea and Cancer

Does Sleep Apnea Put You at Higher Risk for Cancer?

Numerous studies have documented the association of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A recent article by Dr. F. Javier Nieto from the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, notes the association of an increase in cancer mortality in patients with OSA. This finding, while yet to be duplicated, raises yet another red flag as to the importance of diagnosing and treating OSA.

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Sleep Apnea Associated with Higher Mortality from Cancer

Madison, Wisconsin, and San Francisco – Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), commonly known as sleep apnea, is associated with an increased risk of cancer mortality, according to a new study.

While previous studies have associated SDB with increased risks of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, depression, and early death, this is the first human study to link apnea with higher rate of cancer mortality.

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