Oral Bacteria May Signal Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Curated News:

By Timberlake Dental curated from Science Daily

“Pancreatic cancer is highly lethal and difficult to detect early. In a new study, researchers report that people who had high levels of antibodies for an infectious oral bacterium turned out to have double the risk for developing the cancer…”

See full article on Science Daily


This research is preliminary and is no reason to turn to your family doctor and ask about your oral health, but it is interesting. The long and the short of it, is that people who have a large number of antibodies for certain types of bacteria in their mouth, also seem to have a higher likelihood of having pancreatic cancer. It doesn’t mean that the antibodies (or the bacteria) in the mouth lead to cancer, or vice verse.  It just means that there is an association there. Something is related between the two.  Let’s hope researchers can figure something out that may help with pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Rodney Chowning, General Dentistry, Denton, TX