According to an article posted here on Medical News Today, “the presence of certain bacteria in the mouth may indicate a raised risk for pancreatic cancer.” This is concerning for the fact that there exist no initial symptoms for the cancer, a cancer that doesn’t require for patients to receive routine screening. NYU Langone’s conclusion on the matter has prompted doctors to take a more proactive stance on diagnosing pancreatic cancer. The lack of early diagnoses has lead to a low survival rate in association with pancreatic cancer, as patients aren’t aware that they have it until the cancer is far in development.
Researchers discovered that two individual forms of bacteria in the mouth may lead to pancreatic cancer. These bacteria are Porphyromonas Gingivalis and Aggregatibacter Actinomycetemcomitans. Both being associated with periodontitis and gum disease, those with Porphyromonas Gingivalis have a 59% chance of developing pancreatic cancer whereas those with Aggregatibacter Actinomycetemcomitans have a 50% chance.
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