Oesophageal cancer linked to gum disease

Oesophageal cancer linked to gum disease

Bacteria behind gum disease have been linked with an increased risk of oesophageal cancer, according to researchers at the Louisiana School of Dentistry.

They found that the bacteria Porphyromomas gingivalis in the cancerous tissue of 61 per cent of patients with ‘esophageal squamous cell carci’ (ESCC) patients, but it was indetectable in healthy patients.

Dr. Huizhi Wang, an assistant professor at the school, said that “eradication of this bacterium could contribute to a significant reduction in cancer cases”. It may even be used as part of treatment programmes.

So much for unsubstantiated claims and hypotheses about HPV as a cause!

Source: Infectious Agents and Cancer.

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