Sleep Apnea Sufferers Are More Likely to Develop Lung Cancer, Research Finds

People who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have been delaying in treating the said condition may want to rethink about this unwise negligence. Dismissing sleep apnea as a minor ailment is inadvisable enough as it is, as many medical experts have revealed in the past. But what if you find out that it actually has a dangerous link to lung cancer?

Recent research on sleep apnea can confirm that adults who have this condition have a higher risk of getting a more adverse form of lung cancer. One of the main reasons behind this is the insufficient air that sufferers get while sleeping.obstructive_sleep_apnea This provides a condition conducive for tumors to develop in one’s lungs, as it prompts the immediate release of exomes.

Exomes are primarily found in white blood cells, which is also responsible for cell communication. Research done by Dr. David Gozal from the University of Chicago has revealed that exomes play an important role in the growth of tumors through a condition called hypoxia.

It is important to highlight the fact that hypoxia (lack of oxygen) is prevalent in most patients who have sleep apnea. The study has found that hypoxia often induces a greater release of exomes and could even affect exomes in a way that they would hasten the development of tumors in one’s lungs; it has even been found to encourage the growth of blood vessels (angiogenesis).

Sleep apnea is known for its negative way of making one’s throat narrow during sleep. This greatly interferes with the oxygen levels that your body needs at night, which inevitably leads to hypoxia.

Research has also revealed that imbalanced oxygen supply during sleep could actually even lead to tissue destruction.

Another study that was conducted in the University of Chicago sought to shed further light on these startling findings. The investigation centered on the likelihood of the development of lung cancer in a group of mice that were subjected to a decreased supply of oxygen. The mice were divided into two groups: those with normal breathing patterns and those without. The discovery was that those with irregular breathing patterns are more likely to be prone to lung damage and tumor growth.

Nonetheless, Dr. Gozal has made it clear that further research has to be done in order to fully understand the complicated processes involved in the release of more exomes in one’s lungs during hypoxia. While the link is already there, this would surely lead to better knowledge about their negative effects, and whether or not there are other complications involved.