When you are suffering under sleep apnea you are not only snoring but you are also experiencing breathing stops. Besides known and serious possible consequences of sleep apnea like lack of sleep, high blood pressure, increase risk of stroke and infarction, imminent brain damage due to lack of oxygen up to suffocation scientists found a further possible connection to a life threatening disease: cancer.
On the one hand, the study revealed that depending on the severity of apnea the cancer risk is five times as high on the other hand different studies found out that due to the arising lack of oxygen not only development of cancer is favored but also already existing tumors are disadvantageously favored.
Growth of tumor blood vessels due to lack of oxygen
The studies found that due to the lack of oxygen more free radicals (they are playing an important role in development of cancer) were formed. And, that an increased amount of so-called vascular progenitor cells and endothelial cells (they are supporting formation of new blood vessels in tumors) were present. As a consequence, tumors are provided with more nutrients and tumor growth promoted.
Basically, the findings of the studies laid ground for further studies but it is undoubtedly proven that sleep apnea might as well support development of cancer as well might increase already existing cancer.
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