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Short sleep increases colon cancer risk

Jonathan Warren

11.02.2011

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Jonathan Warren
According to research conducted in the United States, people who sleep for less than the recommended core sleep time are at a higher risk of developing polyps which can lead to colon cancer. sb10063680j-001Research carried out by University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, found people that had an average of less than six hours of sleep each night were 50 per cent more likely to suffer from colorectal adenomas – which if untreated can turn into cancerous tumours. The sleep levels of 1,240 patients were established via a telephone survey, these subjects were then scheduled for colonoscopies at the hospital where 338 were diagnosed with colorectal adenomas. Researchers then established an association between the number of hours of sleep and the likelihood of an adenoma, even after adjustment for other factors.

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Jonathan Warren

Jonathan Warren

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