Pancreatic Cancer linked to Gum Disease?
Scientists have recently discovered what appears to be a definitive link between pancreatic cancer and periodontal (gum) disease. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. because it is so difficult to treat. More than 300,000 Americans are expected to die from it this year.
The study found that men with periodontal disease have a 63% greater risk of developing deadly pancreatic cancer. The research studied 51,000 professional non-smoking males from 1986 to 2002. It may be that the chronic inflammation from periodontal disease is setting off an inflammatory response which is detrimental to overall health, or that the bacteria associated with periodontal diseases are the culprit. More research is needed to determine the actual action periodontal disease has in creating a higher risk of cancer.
At PerioPeak Innovations we are committed to addressing chronic periodontal disease and the inflammation associated with it proactively and definitively. By using a synergistic approach, involving advanced miniature fiberoptic technology and host modulated therapy, the periodontal inflammation can very effectively be put into a remissive state for the long term…lowering the overall health risks associated with all stages of periodontitis, or gum disease.
Below are recent articles about the link between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer: