Pancreatic Cancer Linked to Certain Oral Bacteria
We have expressed the growing concerns of many oral health issues being linked to diabetes, heart disease and many other health risks. Now, recent studies have shown the link to pancreatic cancer due to specific oral bacteria.
According to the Lustgarten Foundation, more than 41,000 people will die from this form of cancer this year, and the 5 year survival rate is only 8%. They also state that unless the cancer is removed in the early stages, unfortunately there is no cure.
Ongoing research is playing a big role in finding the link between pancreatic cancer and oral health. The research, headed by NYU epidemiologist, Jiyoung Ahn, PhD is important in identifying at-risk patients for faster, better treatment and to increase the survival rate of those diagnosed with this cancer.
Ahn tells Dentistry Today that NYU’s study is the first direct evidence that microbial mix in the mouth “represents a likely risk factor for pancreatic cancer along with older age, male gender, smoking, African-American race, and a family history of the disease.” Dr. Ahn goes further to suggest the potential of the oral bacterial changes to show who is “most at risk of developing this cancer.”
The research involved the comparison of American men and women who have developed pancreatic cancer to those of similar age, gender and ethnicity who were not diagnosed. This research was performed for nearly a 10 year period of time. Originally, a study in Taiwan suggested the link between pancreatic cancer and periodontal disease.
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