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Cancer link to obstructive sleep apnoea

Study suggests link between obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and the risk of oesophageal cancer

A NEW study suggests a link between obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and the risk of oesophageal cancer.

Doctors from West Virginia University in the U.S. found patients with sleep apnoea were more than three times more likely to have Barrett's oesophagus – where cells in the gullet become damaged by stomach acid reflux. In some cases these cells become cancerous.

Work should be done to gauge if patients with severe OSA need to be screened for Barrett's oesophagus say the researchers in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

© Daily Mail

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