Good News! 'Morning People' May Be Less At Risk Of Developing Breast Cancer

Good news, morning people!!!!

Researchers in the UK are claiming that "morning people" may have a lower risk of getting breast cancer, as compared to those who wake up later in the day.

A research team at the University of Bristol just released their findings at the NCRI Cancer Conference in Glasgow, stating that while the risk of developing breast cancer may be lower, they still need to find out why that is.

But every person's body clock is different.

Also described as a circadian rhythm, this personal body clock decides how each body works best in a 24-hour daily pattern. In a new way of analyzing data, Mendelian Randomization has allowed researchers to look into snippets of DNA to tell if a person is likely to be a morning person, or a night owl.

This particular study followed more than 180,000 women in the UK, and almost 230,000 women within the Breast Cancer Association Consortium. It found that the genetics detected as "early risers" were less likely to have breast cancer in their lifetime. 

"The findings are potentially very important because sleep is ubiquitous and easily modified," Dr. Rebecca Richmond, a researcher from the University of Bristol said. "Previous research has looked at the impact of shift work, but this is showing there may be a risk factor for all women."

According to Cancer Research UK, about a quarter of cancer cases could be prevented with better technology and research studies.

"We still need to get at what makes an evening person more at risk than a morning person," Dr. Richmond added. "We need to unpick the relationship."

Read the full report on BBC News.

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