Sleeping Disorders – Sleep Apnea Linked To Cancer


It is now becoming official. Sleeping Disorders like Sleep Apnea has been directly linked to Cancer.

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health released a study on the 20th May 2012 showing that those suffering from sleep apnea appear to have an increased risk of cancer mortality.

Cancer ResearchPrevious studies have linked the Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) problems to hypertension, cardiovascular disease, depression and earlier death, but this is the first to find a link to cancer.

The findings were based on data from sleep studies carried out on 1,522 people over 22 years. Previous lab tests on mice have shown that oxygen starvation, caused by snoring promotes tumor growth.

Lead author Dr. F. Javier Nieto, chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health said the following:

Dr F Javier Nieto

Dr F Javier Nieto

“The consistency of the evidence from the animal experiments and this new evidence in humans is highly compelling.”

“Ours is the first study to show an association between Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) and an elevated risk of cancer mortality in a population-based sample,” said Nieto, reports the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

“If the relationship between SDB and cancer mortality is validated in further studies, the diagnosis and treatment of SDB in patients with cancer might be indicated to prolong survival,” added Nieto, according to the Daily Mail.

The findings were presented at the American Thoracic Society international conference in San Francisco.

Mild snorers have a reduced exposures and are considered to have a negligible risk of dying from cancer. In moderate cases the risk doubles and then shoots up dramatically to nearly five times in case of severe snoring like that experienced by people who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Tackling Sleep Apnea

Tackling Sleep Apnea

Research has long shown that those with sleep apnea have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes, but a new study found those who have sleep apnea are up five times more likely to die from cancer than those without. It also found those who were not obese were more susceptible. These numbers are more than just a statistical anomaly.

“This is just another bit of evidence that says not breathing is bad for your health,” said Dr. Eric Hernandez, who explained that the negative health effects are caused by oxygen levels in the blood.

When those who suffer from sleep apnea stop breathing at multiple points through the night, sometimes for seconds or minutes at a time, blood vessels begin to grow into tissues suffering from a lack of oxygen to help combat the disease.

“If your oxygen drops, that means more blood vessels grow and if blood vessels grow into tumors, tumors grow faster,” explained Hernandez.

Dr. Nieto presented his study at the American Thoracic Society 2012 International Conference in San Francisco on May 20th.

Dr Susan B. Shurin

Dr Susan B. Shurin

His study was supported by the National Institutes of Health’s the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute on Aging, and the former National Center for Research Resources. Dr. Susan B. Shurin, acting director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute commented:

“These findings provide clues to help further our understanding of the relationship between sleep and health … It will be important to understand the relationship and mechanisms, if the association is confirmed.”

Dr. Nieto and his team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison made their research in collaboration with Dr. Ramon Farr√©, professor of physiology at University of Barcelona, Spain, who presented a separate but highly relevant study at the ATS conference. Dr. Farre’s team demonstrated that intermittent hypoxia on cancer growth is considerably stronger in lean mice than in obese mice.

About 28 million Americans including 300,000 Minnesotans, have some form of sleep apnea, though many cases go undiagnosed.

If you would like to read more from the main article  Click Here . I would recommend you read it.

Will SnoreRx Cure Sleep Apnea

At this time I would like to point out to you that at no time does SnoreRx profess to cure Sleep Apnea.

If you suffer from OSA then you might be interested in this Forum discussion on the Apnea Board Products Reviews Forum. The discussion centers around a gentleman who suffers from OSA and has used a CPAP machine for some time but doesn’t like it. He has recently been using SnoreRx with very positive results. Makes for interesting reading.

SnoreRx is designed to help those people suffering from what is termed “Simple Snoring”. Snoring caused by air flow restrictions in the throat and not for OSA.

The above mentioned study does however, strongly link people who snore excessively with cancer so it is reasonable to assume that if you are a heavy snorer then you may very well have more to be concerned about.

The Cause of Simple Snoring

The Cause Of Simple Snoring

My Conclusions/Recommendations

This is the main thing I have taken from this study because I believe it to be more relevant to general “Simple Snorers”

“Mild snorers have a negligible risk of dying from cancer, but doubles in moderate cases and shoots up to nearly five times in case of severe snoring.”

The other thing I picked up was the fact you don’t have to be carrying excessive weight to be in the high risk cancer link category.

I am very lean and I have only ever been an occasional to mild snorer but I chose to use SnoreRx to knock it on the head.

I think you would do well to do something about your snoring now, whether you decide on SnoreRx or not is up to you but I can tell you I have tried others and some do work BUT SnoreRx is by far the best one.

It would be a good idea to seek professional advice to ascertain exactly what is causing your snoring.

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