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Breast cancer linked to periodontal disease, tooth loss


As the body of research linking periodontitis with a host of other disease states — including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, surgical complications and risk of fetal death — grows, a new study has added yet another to the list: breast cancer. "To our knowledge, this is the first study on the association between periodontitis and breast cancer," Dr. Birgitta Söder, a professor emeritus at Karolinska Institute, told The American Cancer Society estimates 209,060 cases of invasive breast cancer in 2010, with more than 40,000 deaths. Breast cancer is rarer in men than women, accounting for less than 1 percent of breast cancer diagnoses, but both men and women should report any changes in breast tissue to their doctors. (May require free registration to view article.) more

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