The study includes data from about 20 thousand people with obstructive sleep apnea, according to the European Respiratory Journal.
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Approximately 2% of them were subsequently diagnosed with cancer.
Old age increases the risk of cancer, but adjustments for age, gender, body mass index (BMI), smoking and alcohol consumption have also shown a possible association between intermittent hypoxia (oxygen starvation) at night and malignant neoplasms.
Dependence was mainly observed in women, less often in men.
The likely cause is the combined effect of female sex hormones and increased stress, which are caused by nocturnal hypoxia during sleep apnea. This can trigger the development of cancer or a weakening of the immune system.
The risk of cancer is two to three times higher in women with severe sleep apnea.
Apnea – what is it? This is an accidental respiratory arrest. Snoring is accompanied by periodic respiratory delays. That is, a person snores, and then as if choking on air, then there is a pause – breath holding, and he again begins to breathe. And such a pause is very dangerous.
The attention of specialists was mainly focused on the connection with one form of cancer – malignant melanoma (neoplasm).
Women with severe sleep apnea have a 2-3-fold increased risk of cancer
It is possible that the cause of cancer is the combined effect of female sex hormones and the activation of stress, which is related to sleep apnea and provokes a weakening of the body’s immune system.
Despite this, scientists cannot name the exact reasons for the association of sleep apnea and cancer.
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