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Gum Disease and Pancreatic Cancer

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Gum Disease and Pancreatic Cancer

Gum disease increase a person’s risk of developing pancreatic cancer more than double, a Harvard study shows.

The study began in 1986 and documented over 50,000 men working in health professions. Between 1986 and 2002, researchers verified 216 cases of pancreatic cancer, with 67 of those cases having periodontal disease.

After providing for such factors as diabetes, smoking and others, the findings showed that the men with gum disease were 63% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer by rate of comparison than men that did not have gum disease.

In addition, people with a history of gum disease, plus recent tooth loss, have a 2.7-fold higher risk of this fatal cancer than people without gum disease or tooth loss.

There are few known risk factors for pancreatic cancer, including cigarette smoking and chronic pancreatitis. The latter is marked by inflammation, suggesting that inflammation may be involved in the initiation or progression of pancreatic cancer.

However, the authors caution that further studies are necessary to determine whether the relationship is causal. The findings appear in the Jan. 17 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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