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Study: Cancer Risk is Trebled with Use of Sleep Medications
In June 2015, The Daily Mail reported that a study found an increased risk of lung cancer among people who used sleep medications on a regular basis. The 20-year study included data from 30,000 people and was conducted by researchers from Norway, Finland, and the United Kingdom. Reportedly, the study was the largest of its kind to link sleep medications with an increased risk of tumors. In addition to the lungs, these cancerous growths were also found in the mouth, nose, and windpipe. While previous studies have detected an association, the association was too small to confidently determine if there was a link.
The researchers found a worrying rise in risks for respiratory cancers, The Daily Mail reports. “The association between the use of sleep medications and an increased mortality risk has been documented in more than 20 studies,” the scientists wrote. “Although most research has focused on all-cause mortality, a few studies have found that sleep medications are specifically associated with cancer deaths.”
The scientists said risks were greater among people who used the drugs the most, The Daily Mail reports. The risk of developing cancer was two-and-a-half times greater in people taking sleeping pills at least twice a week compared to those who did not take them at all. The risk was tripled among people who used the drug for three or more years.
This study was correlational and does not directly prove that sleeping aids cause cancer. The researchers concluded that “Further research is urgently needed to determine whether current sleep medications increase cancer risk,” according to The Daily Mail.