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Untreated Sleep Apnea as a Determining Factor for Aggressive Melanoma

Do not brush sleep apnea aside

Upon completing the study, Dr. Martinez-Garcia and the team advised people who snore, have daytime sleepiness, and those who frequently wake up at night to immediately see a specialist. This was suggested regardless of the risk factors of each individual for cancer, but especially for those who have them. The other note was meant for medical oncologists, dermatologists, and cancer surgeons. The team stressed the importance of asking about their patient’s potential symptoms for sleep apnea and subjecting them to a sleep study right away.

Despite such fundamental implications, this study is not strongly conclusive. Thus, additional research following this topic will be conducted. The researchers hope to examine the patients’ conditions over time to analyze more important variables like mortality, melanoma relapse, the spread of cancer to lymph nodes, and others. Dr. Martinez-Garcia also plans to conduct a multinational study on the long-term effects of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment to sleep apnea patients.