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Gum disease is associated with a higher risk for some cancers in older women

from The Washington Post

If left untreated, gum disease can damage the tissue and bone that support the teeth, resulting in tooth loss. Might there be connection between gum disease — known as periodontal disease — and other health problems? The researchers analyzed health data on 65,869 postmenopausal women. In about an eight-year period, 7,149 developed some type of cancer. Those whose dental history included periodontal disease were 14 percent more likely to have developed cancer than were women who had not had gum disease, regardless of whether the women had ever smoked. more

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