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Lack of Sleep Linked to Cancer Risk

A recent study performed by researchers at the National Cancer Institute has linked sleep deprivation to an increased risk of cancer, Reuters Health Information reports.  The study shows that a consistent sleeping problem (regularly sleeping less than seven hours a night) can lead to a 47% higher chance of developing cancer later in life.

This study is one of the first to examine a potential link between sleep deprivation and cancer, and while the results were not conclusive, it is something that the National Cancer Institute will continue to research.  Of course, getting too little sleep has long been associated with poor health; however, there has yet to be a direct connection established between sleep problems and most other diseases.  That said, chronic sleep loss is associated with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease, depression, and even cigarette smoking and excessive drinking.

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