Study Finds Ties Between Pancreatic Cancer Risk and Oral Bacteria

A recent article on Dentristy Today reported that a link has been discovered between risk for pancreatic cancer and certain types of oral bacteria. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly types of cancer, killing more than 41,000 people each year (Dentistry Today). The survival rate is also startlingly low, likely because it is easier to miss symptoms until it is in the later stages.

A recent study performed by researches at New York University determined that bacterial changes in the mouth represent a likely risk factor for developing the disease. People who’s oral microbiome, or microbial mix, contained Porphyromonas gingivalis have a 59% greater risk of developing pancreatic cancer than those who do not have the bacteria, and those who’s contained Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans are at least 50% more likely to develop the disease (Dentistry Today).

Researchers hope this finding could help in identifying people who are most at risk for developing pancreatic cancer in order to catch it in earlier stages.

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