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New studies link lack of sleep to breast cancer

Physician-scientists from University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s Seidman Cancer Center and Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, at Case Western Reserve University, published findings in the August issue of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment that state that lack of sleep is a new risk factor for aggressive breast cancer.

Cheryl Thompson, PhD, and leader of the study, explained that not enough sleep was associated with aggressive tumors, as well as the possibility of cancer reoccurrence.

“We found a strong correlation between fewer hours of sleep per night and worse recurrence scores, specifically in post-menopausal breast cancer patients,” Thompson said. “This suggests that lack of sufficient sleep may cause more aggressive tumors, but more research will need to be done to verify this finding and understand the cause of this association.”

Find out more regarding the findings by visiting The Sacramento Bee.

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