Studies have linked poor oral health and gum disease to pancreatic cancer, a disease which often shows no symptoms at first.
- Changes in the bacteria in the mouth may represent a factor in the risk of pancreatic cancer.
- Analysis of study results shows evidence that two bacteria types in the mouth increase the risk of the disease.
- A link to specific mouth bacteria types could lead to earlier diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
“Our study offers the first direct evidence that specific changes in the microbial mix in the mouth – the oral microbiome – represent a likely risk factor for pancreatic cancer along with older age, male gender, smoking, African-American race, and a family history of the disease.”
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