Share Five years later, 6. Compared with those who had no problems sleeping, those with insomnia were significantly more likely to develop the disease.
Insomnia can significantly increase the chance of men developing prostate cancer The risk rose proportionately with the severity of sleep problems, increasing from 1. The researchers took steps to rule out the possibility that sleep problems were caused by undiagnosed prostate cancer or enlarged prostate glands, which can cause an urge to urinate during the night.
Why poor sleep can affect men's chances of developing the disease is unexplained. Dr Sigurdardottir added: 'Prostate cancer is one of the leading public health concerns for men, and sleep problems are prostate cancer problems common.
If our results are confirmed with further studies, sleep may become a potential target for intervention to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Each year around 40, men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer and 10, die from the disease. Share or comment on this article: Insomnia 'can double the risk of prostate cancer', researchers find after study on 2, men.