Gum Diseases Associated with Pancreatic Cancer
Gum Disease and Pancreatic Cancer:
Gum diseases that generally result due to poor oral hygiene is associated with pancreatic cancer,
reports an American study.
The study found that men with a history of gum disease had 64% of increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer than men with no such history and no such significant associations were found between other oral problems and the risk of pancreatic cancer.
The lead author of the study, Dr Dominique Michaud, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston said that, “People think of gum disease as being in their mouth. But when it gets severe, it’s not just in the mouth. It’s probably in the entire body.
The study does not particularly tell that gum diseases because pancreatic cancer, but it do shows that the link is strong. After analyzing other major factors such as smoking and obesity Dr Dominique reported that people who never smoked but have gum diseases have two fold risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in U.S. and it kills most of the people who get it. â€œOur study provides the first strong evidence that periodontal disease may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. This finding is of significance as it may provide some new insights into the mechanism of this highly fatal disease,â€ Dr Dominique said in a statement.
This study emphasizes the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene for the sake of overall health
as people think that oral problems are only limited to mouth. Even previous studies have shown a strong association between gum diseases and heart diseases. So it is highly essential that you maintain a proper oral hygiene.