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A 18-year-old male asked:

I am a student, and in the last three years, i am averaging less than 5 hours of sleep per day. will i get cancer?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Inadequate sleep: Healthy adults are advised to have 7 hours of sleep daily. The lowest acceptable duration could be as low as 6 hours. If you have set your life to only get 5 hours, you are risking many ailments, including accidents while driving and also poor retention of the new information you are trying to learn as a student. The effect on Cancer is not clear cut...but that should be least of your concerns.

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Last updated Oct 6, 2016

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