Sleep disorders linked to cancer risk?
Dr. Ernest Patti weighs in
- Duration 3:55
- Date May 21, 2012
Dr. Ernest Patti weighs in
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Announcing new information on your risk of developing cancer two new studies -- out tying sleep apnea.
A common disorder that causes snoring in dangerous Pozen is in breathing and night.
To cancer some 28 million Americans have some form sleep apnea and one study finds that those -- the most severe forms and most severe.
Have a 65% greater risk of developing cancer joining us now doctor is -- senior attending physician of emergency medicine at -- barn and this hospital so.
Doctor Patti seasoning like 65% think it's a lot of folks' attention to what exactly is the -- here.
The morning Jenna yes it's it's very exciting new research the -- is that they feel that.
People who have sleep apnea.
Not only do they have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease that relationships been established quite well.
But what their -- what they're seeing now is that in both those studies one done in Spain and one done in Wisconsin.
Both of them showed an increased risk of of cancer of any type in patients that suffer from sleep apnea.
-- -- doctor -- is that from just not simply getting enough rest or is there something more physical happening with the sleep apnea.
You're not getting enough oxygen because your waking yourself but you're not breathing deep enough tell us about what what -- is going on.
That's the key -- you just you mentioned that yet when you have sleep apnea -- night your body basically -- for oxygen.
And what is well known in cancer is that cancer tumors in cancer cells the oxygen of two to grow and to thrive.
And what tumors are are large clumps of blood vessels.
They did some research in mice and in the mice they found that those who were put in environments with low oxygen.
Basically they were starving them props and their cancer tumors developed many many many more blood vessels to try and capture more blood to deliver what little auction was in the blood.
To the cancer tumor to help -- grow.
So that the theory is that that possibly could happen in humans and people with sleep apnea would be living throughout the night in an environment where the oxygen level is -- in their body.
And for years right doctor Patti leave policy that near suffering firm for a long time so -- -- has thing about the out there what is it.
They can do to correct that.
Well there's a lot of exciting treatments that they do there -- some surgical procedures there's what we call C pap or continuous positive airway pressure.
Which is a little more cumbersome but it would it does is it basically forces air into your lungs.
At night to keep your oxygen level up.
And it's very effective but some people find it tough to sleep but this apparatus on their face right and there are other new treatments that are coming out certain surgical devices that you could put on to keep the airway open and free.
The problem is a lot of people have sleep apnea are also very overweight suffer from obesity and that adds to the increased.
Chances of having sleep that.
You got to patty when we get these days it really is I share with their viewers because there's always something new and interesting but the warm where we do have got to get the feelings like everything causes cancer right there's -- it did did did it feel like we're getting any closer to really figuring out how to fix the cancer issue because to be on sleep right you don't -- right you gonna get cancer we think that's.
As with ball as we've spoken many times before when I'm normally -- New York with you.
We we have to make sure we do things in moderation.
We maintain a healthy lifestyle.
We eat nutritious foods and and exercise but one of the key things that we all forget about our high stress society as we forget to -- we forget to sleep.
So these people with sleep apnea or definitely increasing their risks of a bad health and I guess down the road that could lead to things like cancer.
-- Anderson back to patty gives -- even more of an excuse it's taken nap after the shower you know -- most definitely I am ready right now.
Calm down here at the American College of Emergency Physicians meeting the national -- And I just wanted to there's wanted to get a little -- for them their wonderful organization here in the united states of emergency physicians of which I'm well we know that we depend on Harry your doctors a lot to patties to thank you very much nice to have you join us from DC.
And with our thanks so much for having me and we'll see you back home thank you say.