SNORERS may have a heightened risk of dying from cancer, a study claims. Scientists have found that mild snorers are just 0.1 times more likely to die from cancer than those without the problem. But moderate snorers doubled the chances of cancer death, while severe snorers increased the risk 4.8 times.
The findings were presented at the American Thoracic Society international conference in San Francisco. They will also appear in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
The scientists made adjustments to take account of factors including smoking, age and weight.
One surprising discovery was that the association was stronger for non-obese patients. This echoed findings in mice which showed that the effects of oxygen starvation on cancer growth was significantly more pronounced in lean animals. MO