Gum disease and poor oral health links to pancreatic cancer
According to a recent study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, men with a history of gum disease could be at increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
Researchers from Harvard, analyzed data from more than 51,000 male subjects over a 16-year period. After adjusting for age, smoking history, diabetes, obesity, diet and other potential contributors to pancreatic cancer, the reviewers found that men with a history of gum disease had a 64 percent increased risk of pancreatic cancer than men without a history of gum disease.
Pancreatic cancer often goes undetected until an advanced stage, making effective treatment difficult. The gum disease is commonly linked with tobacco smoking, age or family history. And, now, there may be a link to gum disease.