Study Presented at American Association for Cancer Research finds periodontal bacteria increase the risk for pancreatic cancer
Researchers from New York University looked at 361 cases of pancreatic cancer and compared them to 371 matched controls. The researchers controlled for age, race, sex, smoking status, alcohol consumption, BMI, and a history of diabetes. The findings showed that two periodontal pathogens, P. gingivalis and A. actinomycetemcomitans were associated with a 50% greater risk in pancreatic cancer. The investigators were careful to point out that the link does not prove that the bacteria causes pancreatic cancer but that it may be helpful in understanding new approaches to pancreatic cancer prevention and early detection.