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Gum Disease Increases Cancer Risk in Older Women

06:16 EDT 1 Aug 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

Since we were little children, our parents have continually nagged us to brush our teeth daily, only to be reinforced by visits to the dentist and the constant marketing blitz of oral care products that are supposed to give us better breath, stronger teeth, healthier gums, and whiter smile. While all this advice should be taken seriously, at the very least for proper hygiene, there may be an even more important reason to keep your gums healthy—to decrease the risk of cancer. In recent years, research has shown that periodontal disease is a risk factor for certain cancers, including breast cancer, oral, and esophageal cancers. Yet, few studies have analyzed the overall risk for all types of cancers.      Now, a group of investigators at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo have just released data from a large cohort study, which showed that periodontal disease ...

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