For years, it has been known that a strong relationship exists between sleep disordered breathing (sleep apnea) and cardiovascular disease, increased stroke risk, diabetes, obesity, and many other diseases. Now, two research studies have found a link between sleep disordered breathing and cancer.
These two studies show that people who suffer from sleep apnea may be at higher risk of developing cancer than people without sleep apnea. In one of the studies, Spanish researchers followed thousands of patients at sleep clinics and found that those with the most severe sleep apnea had a 65% higher chance of developing cancer of any kind. In the second study, researchers in Wisconsin studied about 1,250 government workers and found that those with the most breathing abnormalities at night had five times the rate of dying from any cancer than those without the sleep disorder.
At Expressions Dental, we screen all of our patients for sleep disordered breathing. It is easy and fast utilizing a questionnaire and a recordable pulse oximeter that we send home with the patient to wear overnight. We then download the data to our computer so we can analyze and evaluate if that patient is at risk for sleep disordered breathing. If we find that they are, we can either refer them to a board certified sleep physician for further evaluation or we can order an in-home sleep study for further diagnosis and determination of the best option for treatment.
Call our office at 515-414-8045 for more information or to schedule an appointment for a sleep disordered breathing evaluation. It’s one of the best things you can do for your overall health!