Posted on 06 May 2019 by Michael Tang

Studies link a history of poor oral health and gum disease to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. Changes in mouth bacteria can increase the risk of this cancer.

Key takeaways:

  • People with specific strains of mouth bacteria may be at increased risk of pancreatic cancer.
  • The research on mouth bacteria could lead to earlier diagnosis and more precise treatment.
  • Other risk factors for pancreatic cancer include older age, African-American race, smoking and a family history of the disease.

"Specifically, they found presence of Porphyromonas gingivalis was linked to a 59% overall higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Similarly, presence of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans was linked to a 50% overall higher risk. Both types of bacteria are known to be associated with gum disease or periodontitis."

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Michael Tang

Michael Tang

GDC 80508

Michael has a special interest in aesthetic dental implantology including the “teeth in a day” technique. He receives referrals from other dentists for implant surgery as well as bone and soft tissue grafting, and sinus lifting.  He is also very experienced in smile makeovers, adult cosmetic braces and non-surgical facial aesthetics.
His interest in dental implantology stemmed from a course held in Harley Street in 2005.  In the same year he deci…

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