– (805) 557-9930 – Does obstructive sleep apnea cause cancer? Dr. Ronald Popper produced this video FAQ series on obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, as well as chronic severe snoring, to address your general questions about sleep and sleep disorders. In this video, Dr. Popper discusses the relationship between cancer and obstructive sleep apnea, and whether or not there is evidence of cause and effect.
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Does sleep apnea cause cancer?
There is no scientific evidence that sleep apnea causes cancer.
A recent article showing an “association” of sleep apnea with a higher mortality from cancer has recently raised controversy.
However, when one sifts through all of the data, both supporting and conflicting, there is no clear association of sleep apnea and cancer risk. What is known is that low levels of oxygen associated with sleep apnea, especially severe sleep apnea, has been shown to cause an increase in growth of blood vessels.
Low oxygen levels from other causes have also been shown to do this.
Therefore, it is thought that severe sleep apnea or severely depressed oxygen levels in association with other cancer risk factors “may” increase the risk of developing cancers.
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