Gum infections tied to increased risk of stomach cancer precursor

This research was originally published in 2017 by Lisa Rapaport. 

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ABSTRACT

(Reuters Health) - Gum infections may increase people’s risk for sores in the digestive tract that can lead to stomach cancer, a small study suggests.

Researchers focused on what’s known as periodontal disease, serious infections in the mouth 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.

The new study involved 35 people with so-called precancerous lesions: abnormal cells or sores in the digestive tract where cancer is more likely to occur compared to normal tissue. The researchers also studied a control group of 70 similar people who didn’t have these lesions.

Overall, 32 percent of people with precancerous gastric lesions had the kind of bleeding during dental exams that is a hallmark of periodontal disease, compared with 22 percent of individuals without precancerous lesions, the study found.



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