Snoring can erode more than a marriage, suggests a study reported in the British journal, the Telegraph.
Researchers found that after adjusting for smoking, obesity, and other known cancer risk factors, that snoring puts people at almost 5 times greater risk of developing cancer.
Snoring and chronic obstructive sleep apnea are known to prevent oxygen from reaching all the areas in the body it is supposed to. To compensate, the body grows additional blood vessels to try and maximize oxygen supplies.
One theorized result of this is that tumors are provided with additional vessels which feed them, causing them to grow.
Researchers adjusted for other cancer risk factors and still found snoring and sleep apnea to be associated with a risk 4.8 times greater for developing cancer.