|HealthDay (8/1, Reinberg) reports that gum disease is associated with “an increased risk of several types of cancer in postmenopausal women, even in women who never smoked,” according to a new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The article reports that the investigators found gum disease was “tied to a 14 percent higher risk of developing any type of cancer,” although “the greatest risk was for esophageal cancer, which was more than three times more likely in older women who had gum disease than those who didn’t.” The findings showed gum disease was also associated with a higher risk of developing breast cancer, gallbladder cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma.
The New York Daily News (8/1, Dziemianowicz) reports that for the study, University of Buffalo researchers used “data on 65,000 postmenopausal subjects between the ages of 54 and 86 enrolled in the ongoing Women’s Health Initiative.” Lead author and epidemiology professor Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, said, “Our study was sufficiently large and detailed enough to examine not just overall risk of cancer among older women with periodontal disease, but also to provide useful information on a number of cancer-specific sites.”
MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on gum disease.
Re-posted by ADA Morning Huddle: Dentistry in the News; August 2017. http://www.ada.org