SNORING may mean that you are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer, experts have revealed.
New results indicate that the irritating feature could be associated with the disease – in women.
Women at Risk
Women suffering from sleep apnea and who had severely lowered blood oxygen levels at night were at greater risk of cancer than those who did not suffer the sleep disorder, researchers in Greece discovered.
But the same trend was not seen in men, they noted.
Dr. Athanasia Pataka said: "Recent studies have shown that low blood oxygen levels during the night and disturbed sleep, both common in obstructive sleep ap noea (OSA), can play an important role in the biology of various types of
"But this research area is very new and the effects of sex on the link between OSA and cancer have not been studied in detail before. "
Cancer Sleep Disorder
Dr Pataka's team at Aristotle's University in Thessaloniki, then over 19,000 people – records their age, BMI, smoking status and splash consumption – all of which can increase the risk of cancer.
So, how often each volunteer experienced partial or complete closure of their airways, asleep every hour, and how many times their blood averages rise below 90%.
Cancer was more common in women with OSA than bloke with the same condition, Even when all the other factors were taken into account.
The results published in the European Respiratory Journal showed that 388 people were diagnosed with a severe cancer – 160 women and 228 men.  The most common cancer in women was breast, while prostate cancer was most likely in men.
"This link was particularly strong in the women we analyzed and less so in the men," Pataka said. .
"It suggests that severe OSA may be an indicator of cancer in women, although more research is required to confirm these findings. "Low oxygen level could be due to
The researchers did not specifically look at the causes of various cancers.
Dr Pakata added:" Cancer can vary between men and women due to factors such as how hormones affect tumor growth, how the different forms For cancer, which was more prevalent in men and women, is affected by low oxygen levels in the blood or how gender-specific exposure to cigarette smoking can play a role.
This study adds to the growing evidence of the possible correlation between the effects of OSA, such as low oxygen content in the blood and the risk of developing cancer.
Professor Anita Simonds, Royal Brompton a nh Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
"The classic symptoms of OSA such as sleepiness, snoring and stopping breathing during the night are reporter more often in men, but other lesser known symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia , depression and morning sickness are more common in women. "Clinicians should be more cautious about evaluating their female patients for possible OSA."
Professor Anita Simonds of Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Vice President of the European Respiratory Society said: "This study adds to the growing evidence of the possible correlation between the effects of OSA such as low blood-acid levels and the risk of developing cancer and providing new data on potential gender differences.
"In this study, the overall cancer prevalence was low at only 2 percent, therefore, OSA patients should not be concerned about this study.
KNOW THE TIGER
OBSTRUCTIVE sleep apnea is a fairly common disorder affecting your breathing When you sleep.
It causes walls in the throat to relax and narrow when you sleep.
This can lead to discontinued sleep, which can greatly affect the quality of life.  Symptoms of OSA include: [Highsnoringnoisyandworkingbreathingrepeatedshortperiodsofbreathinginterruptedbygaspingorsnorting
Some people also suffer from night sweats and wake up at night to urinate.
During an episode, the lack of oxygen your brain to pull you out of a deep sleep
You will either wake up or experience a period of light sleep – so your airway can reopen and you can breathe now
The repeated interruptions can make you feel exhausted.
Most sufferers have no memory of the interrupted breathing, so they are often unaware that they have a problem.
Go see your doctor if you think you might have OSA.
To find out more, see the NHS website here.  CHILLING SIGN
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