Study: Certain mouth bacteria signal pancreatic cancer
Particular types of mouth bacteria, some of which are found in gum disease, are associated with the development of pancreatic cancer, indicates a small study published online in the journal Gut. The finding opens up the possibility of curbing the progress of one of the most difficult cancers to treat, by altering the balance of bacteria, the authors say. Pancreatic cancer usually spreads very quickly, and only around 1 in 20 patients is still alive five years after diagnosis. The authors base their findings on an initial comparison of the bacteria found in the spit of 10 patients with pancreatic cancer, which had not yet spread, and 10 healthy people, matched for age and sex.
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