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Poor oral health may increase pancreatic cancer risk among African American women

from Dentistry Today

African American women with poor oral health may be more likely to get pancreatic cancer, according to researchers at Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center. Previous research has shown that African Americans are more likely to get pancreatic cancer than Caucasians, the researchers report. Poor oral health has a similar pattern, specifically adult tooth loss and periodontal disease prevalence, they add. According to the researchers, these observations may be related to oral bacteria and the inflammation caused by certain bacteria. In previous studies among different populations, the presence of circulating antibodies to selected oral periodontal pathogens was associated with increased risk of PC. more

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