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Sleeping pills and increased cancer risk, lingering chemo brain, and other cancer news

Sleeping pills and increased cancer risk, lingering chemo brain, and other cancer news

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A new study suggests that the 6 to 10 percent of Americans who use prescription sleep medications such as Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata are more likely to develop cancer, and far more likely to die prematurely, compared to those who take no sleep aids.

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#2 FacingCancer 2012-04-11 09:39
Barb, we thank you for your feedback on this news headline. We did not in any way want to misrepresent this news headline, but I am sorry that this upset you and we will do a better job highlighting studies like these in the future. We want to provide key news headlines about cancer each week from a variety of news sources to keep people up to date. We are interested in pursuing a story on the importance of sleep and also touch on this news headline to get more facts. Thank you again for your feedback.
#1 Barb 2012-04-09 21:29
It is totally irresponsible to emphasize an article such as the one linked to above about the putative link between taking prescription sleep aids and developing cancer. Such links are correlative only and not cause-and-effect. What about all the problems linked to insomnia as reported in the popular press? You do your readers a disservice - now in addition to dealing with cancer they have to feel they've been a party to causing it because they've used sleep aids? Even the principal researcher admits the exact relationship is unknown. I'm very disappointed.

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