Washington: A groundbreaking new study has found that lack of sleep is associated with an increase risk of colon cancer. Lack of sleep has been already linked with higher risks of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and death. Researchers from University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine found that individuals who averaged less than six hours of sleep at night had an almost 50 percent increase in the risk of colorectal adenomas compared with individuals sleeping at least seven hours per night. Adenomas are a precursor to cancer tumors, and left untreated, they can turn malignant. "A short amount of sleep can now be viewed as a new risk factor for the development of the development of colon cancer," said Li Li, the study``s principal investigator.
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