Recent research suggests that not treating sleep apnea may increase the aggressiveness of a deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma. Previous research has already linked sleep apnea (if left untreated) to an increased risk of developing other health conditions such as depression, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.
Over 20 hospitals involved in the Spanish Sleep and Breathing Network conducted a study that examined 412 patients with confirmed cases of cutaneous malignant melanoma. The patients then took part in a sleep study to examine their sleep apnea. The severity of the patients’ melanoma and sleep apnea were analyzed and recorded.
Interestingly enough, there was a positive correlation between skin cancer and sleep apnea such that more aggressive melanoma was linked with high severity sleep apnea. This correlation held true regardless of biological factors. However, it is important to note that individuals with sleep apnea will not necessarily develop skin cancer.
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