Gum disease linked to head, neck cancer
The health hazards associated with chronic periodontitis extend way beyond the mouth. For years people have been warned that persistent periodontitis can cause heart disease. Now a new study suggests that gum disease also may be a risk factor for cancers of the head and neck. As reported in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, the study included 266 patients with cancers of the head or neck treated between 1999 and 2005, and 207 control subjects.
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