Sleep apnea linked to greater melanoma aggressiveness

Increased aggressiveness of malignant cutaneous melanoma is associated with untreated severe obstructive sleep apnea, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference.

“The relationship between sleep apnea and heart disease, as well as with automotive accidents, is already well established,” Miguel Angel Martinez-Garcia, MD, PhD, of Polytechnic and University La Fe Hospital in Valencia, Spain, said in a press release. “Based on our study, it seems a relationship between sleep apnea and cancer may also exist.”

Martinez-Garcia and colleagues analyzed the relationship between sleep-disordered breathing and markers of aggressiveness in malignant cutaneous melanoma.

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