Experts have found that snoring can be associated with cancer where the results of a new study show that women are more at risk from the disease.
Greek researchers found that women with sleep apnea who had high levels of oxygen in the blood at night are more likely to develop cancer than those who do not suffer from sleep disturbances but did not know about the same results in men .
"Recent studies have shown that lower levels of oxygen in the blood at night and intermittent sleep, as common in OSA, can play an important role in the biology of various cancers," said Dr. Atanasia Patakas.
"But this field of research is very new, and the effects of sex on the relationship between sleep apnea and cancer have not been studied in detail before."
Dr. Pataka's team at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki looked at more than 19,000 people, with age, body mass index, smoking status and alcohol consumption, factors that could increase the risk of cancer.
The researchers then recorded the number of cases in which each volunteer suffered from partial or complete obstruction of the airway, every hour of sleep, and the number of oxygen levels in the blood dropped below 90%.
Cancer is more common in women with sleep apnea compared to men with the same condition, even when all other factors are taken into account.
The results show that the most common cancer in women is breast cancer, while prostate cancer is most likely to occur in men.