A CPAP machine is a device that helps people who have sleep apnea. It will prevent issues that occur when the person stops breathing while asleep.
While this device is incredibly helpful and saves lives, there are new concerns that it could lead to cancer with extended use. The New York Times reported that even manufacturers have admitted to the potential cancer risk.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also issued a warning about the hazard. The link the FDA mentioned was degrading parts within the machine lead to the inhalation of chemicals that are known to cause cancer. The warning led to some recalls of the machines.
The biggest problem with the hazard is that the people using the CPAP machines need them. Without them, they are at risk of dying in their sleep. So, it is not an option to stop using it. But manufacturers who issued recalls are having a tough time providing replacements. This situation leaves users in a tough spot. Do they return the defective and potentially harmful machine or do they keep it so they can protect themselves from their condition? It is almost a situation where there is no winning answer.
For those who may have a recalled machine, it is a good idea to consult with your doctor about what you should do. It may be an option to use a loaned device in the interim until you can get your defective machine replaced. Your doctor may have other suggestions for how to handle the issue as well.