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A Greater Risk Due to Gender

Can gender combined with the presence of sleep apnea increase your risk of developing cancer? According to new research, yes.

Findings published in the European Respiratory Journal revealed that women who are living with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a higher risk of developing cancer than men.

The study found that individuals with airway obstruction whose blood oxygen saturation levels dip below 90 percent regularly also experience cancer diagnoses at higher rates than individuals who do not have OSA.

OSA is the most prevalent form of sleep apnea and is caused by blockages to the airway.

These blockages are caused by the muscles of the throat relaxing during sleep and falling down to prevent air from flowing into the lungs. They are also caused by the tongue falling back to block the throat if the lower jaw is set too far back in comparison to the upper jaw.

When the airway becomes blocked or even restricted, oxygen levels decrease and the body begins to react. This can include gasping or choking for breath in some cases.

When the tissues of the body do not get enough oxygen, they do not function properly, and cells can become stressed and die off.

The most common signs of sleep apnea include snoring, choking or gasping for breath, difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, headaches, mood swings, and daytime fatigue.

The study is the first of its kind to assess how gender may impact the link between cancer and OSA.

Researchers on the study reviewed data collected from 19,556 participants in the European Sleep Apnoea Database (ESADA), an international study that includes patients with OSA, to look for a link between the severity of OSA, reduced blood oxygen levels and the presence of cancer.

The researchers found that among the 5,789 women and 13,767 men in the study, 388 people had been diagnosed with serious cancer. Of those diagnosed, 160 were women and 228 were men.

Participants in the study were also assessed for age, BMI, level of alcohol consumption and whether they were smokers, as these factors can all contribute to an increased risk of developing cancer.

The participants who were diagnosed were typically over the age of 50.

Women were more commonly diagnosed with breast cancer, while men were frequently diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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