People with Sleep Apnea are at higher risk for cancer

People with OSA frequently experience partial or total obstruction of their upper airway while they sleep, which results in frequent breathing pauses. This frequently leads to daytime lethargy, loud snoring, gasping, and choking.

The disorder is particularly common in those who are overweight or obese, have diabetes, smoke, or drink a lot of alcohol. Although not all people who snore have OSA, snoring is considered one of the symptoms of OSA.

People with sleep apnea may be at cancer risk, study finds

Man with a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine.

“It is known already that patients with obstructive sleep apnea have an increased risk of cancer but it has not been clear whether or not this is due to the OSA itself or related risk factors for cancer, such as obesity, cardiometabolic disease, and lifestyle factors,” said Dr. Andreas Palm, who presented the first study from Uppsala Univerity, Sweden.

“Our findings show that oxygen deprivation due to OSA is independently associated with cancer.”

They matched 2093 patients with OSA and cancer diagnosis

As per ERS, Dr. Andreas Palm and colleagues looked at data from 62,811 patients five years before the start of treatment for OSA in Sweden. The scientists considered factors that could influence the results, such as body size, other health issues, and socioeconomic status,

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