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Untreated Sleep Apnea as a Determining Factor for Aggressive Melanoma

Sleep apnea's link to the aggressive forms of melanoma

A study presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2016 International Conference revealed that untreated obstructive sleep apnea has a strong association with the aggressive form of melanoma. There were 412 participating patients in the study whose average age was 55.8. All of these patients have cutaneous malignant melanoma.

Dr. Martinez-Garcia, together with his team, utilized a number of factors for the patient’s prognosis which overall determined the stages and the risk factors for melanoma. At the same time, all patients’ sleeping patterns were accounted for.