As the list of disorders that are associated with Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) continues to grow, the latest addition to the list has certainly raised eyebrows. A new study performed at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine has demonstrated "increased episodes of hypoxia (inadequate supply of oxygen) are associated with accelerated cancer progression." (SleepReviewMag, 2012). The study (although done in vitro and on animals) suggests that sleep apnea increases the cancer mortality rate in humans.
This study is fascinating and will spawn a series of sub-studies that will likely reveal more specific details about this correlation. In the meantime, it is important to spread the word about the relationship between cancer and sleep disordered breathing to family doctors, internists, oncologists and pretty much everyone else...
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