This Study Links Breast Cancer Risk to Sleep Habits—Here's What You Need to Know

According to the American Cancer Association, breast cancer is right behind skin cancer as the most common form of cancer to affect women in the U.S. The odds that the average woman will develop breast cancer at some point in her life are one in eight. Sad as they may be, those statistics are believable considering most everyone knows someone who's been affected by it (or has been affected by it themselves). While there's no one specific way to prevent it, there are ways to lower your risk, including maintaining a healthy weight, diet, and exercise routine. There might be another way, too—at least according to new research that was presented at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference and reported on by the National Cancer Institute.

The research found some evidence for a correlation between sleep traits and risk of developing breast cancer. In other words, your ultimate health could be affected by whether you identify as a consistent early bird or a night owl. Keep scrolling to learn everything you need to know.