Oesophageal cancer link to three types of bacteria

Oesophageal cancer link to three types of bacteria
At least three kinds of bacteria in the microbiome of your mouth may increase or decrease your risk of oesophageal cancer (esophageal cancer).


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Research (published online in Dec 1st Cancer Research) from NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center stated that there was a 21% increased risk of oesophageal cancer if Tannerella forsythia (a bacterium linked to gum disease) was present in the mouth.



Chris Woollams, former Oxford University biochemist and founder of CANCERactive said that “The microbiome in the mouth can be changed by smoking, heavy drinking, gum disease and/or acid reflux. What was also interesting in the research was that two other types of bacteria reduced risk. Strains of both the Streptococcus and Neisseria species reduced esophageal cancer risk by 24 per cent – but then they are known to break down toxins in tobacco smoke. Smokers actually have lowered levels. It’s catch 22.” 
The research was a super-analysis of two large studies involving 120,000 people across ten years, and it analysed some 300 different bacteria found in the mouth.
Senior investigator in the study Dr. Jiyoung Ahn, PhD felt that analysing the microbiome diiferences between healthy and ‘at risk’ people might be the first step to early detection of a cancer notoriously often diagnosed in later stages.
Go to: Overview of Oesophageal cancer - symptoms, causes and treatment alternatives


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