Breast cancer risk may be increased due to lack of sleep according to a recent industry study published online. According to the article researchers showed through a study that lack of sleep is linked to more aggressive breast cancers, according to new findings published in the August issue of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment by physician-scientists from University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s Seidman Cancer Center and Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University. Led by Cheryl Thompson, PhD, this study is believed to be the first of its kind to prove a link between lack of sleep and biologically more aggressive breast tumors as well as and increased likelihood of cancer recurrence.
Breast Cancer and Sleep Deprivation
The research team reviewed medical records and survey responses from a dozen postmenopausal breast cancer patients who were treated at UH Case Medical Center with Oncotype DX which is a test that is used commonly throughout the industry to help guide the treatment of early-stage breast cancer by predicting the probability of recurrence. Researchers found a strong correlation between less hours of sleep per night and worse test scores for recurrence in comparison with women who had adequate sleep(more than six hours) and had better test scores. The data showed no significant increase in premenopausal women. At the very least this study does highlight the importance of adequate sleep to overall health.
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Dr. Seify shares the importance of not only proper health and nutrition but also the importance of a healthy lifestyle which includes an adequate amount of sleep nightly. Breast cancer patients who choose breast reconstruction are encouraged to eat properly and maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to have the best experience. Dr. Seify is committed to helping patients maintain open communication for the best overall reconstructive plastic surgery experience.