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Common Gum Infections Linked to Many Cancers in Women

August 2, 2017
by Lisa Rapaport, Reuters

Older women with gum infections are more likely to get many common cancers than their peers who have perfect oral health, a recent study suggests.

Researchers focused on what’s known as periodontal disease, serious infections in the mouth that are caused by bacteria in dental plaque. Daily brushing and flossing can prevent gingivitis, the milder form of periodontal disease, but untreated cases can lead to permanent damage to the gums and bone.

Compared to women without oral health problems, women with periodontal disease were 14 percent more likely to develop cancer, the study found.

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1 Comment » for Common Gum Infections Linked to Many Cancers in Women
  1. Dr. Sheryl P. Lipton says:

    This study smacks of sensationalism. A link between periodontal disease and cancer. We all know that smokers have a higher incidence of periodontal disease and lo and behold, they have more cancer! wow–what a revelation.

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