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Study Shows Sleep Disordered Breathing Linked to Higher Risk of Cancer-Related Death
05/22/2012

Sleep-disordered breathing has been linked to an increased risk of dying from cancer.

The new study conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health also proved that those who have severe sleep-disordered breathing are nearly five times more likely to die of cancer than those without the condition. 

“Sleep-disordered breathing, which includes obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when an individual stops breathing during sleep,” explained John Penek, MD, FCCP, board certified in Sleep Medicine and Medical Director of the Sleep Health Institute at Chilton Hospital. “It has been well known that sleep-disordered breathing can lead to heart disease, stroke and many other life-threatening ailments, and the new study is yet another reason to seek treatment if you have this condition.”

Dr. Penek added that snoring is a warning signal for sleep-disordered breathing and can be easily treated. Chilton Hospital’s Sleep Health Institute is offering Free Sleep Heath Screenings as a first step to diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.

There are six new screenings scheduled, all on Monday evenings:

  • July 9
  • July 23
  • August 6
  • August 20
  • September 10
  • September 24

The Free Sleep Health Screenings feature one-on-one visits with a Chilton sleep professional for individualized assessment. The personalized nature of the screenings identifies if attendees are at a risk for sleep disorder and determines if further evaluations are needed with sleep specialists. The screenings are held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Chilton Health Network, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (about 1.5 miles from the hospital). For more information, call (973) 831-5351. Registration is available by clicking here.

Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. It is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, a Pain Management center, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing/Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the Mother/Baby Center, an American Diabetes Association-recognized diabetes education program and a weight loss surgery program. Chilton has recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, the Comprehensive Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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