Commenting on a study published at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting today, carried out by New York University researchers into oral bacteria and pancreatic cancer risk, Dianne Dobson, Specialist Nurse for Pancreatic Cancer UK said:
“Any study that may contribute to helping us detect the causes of pancreatic cancer is desperately needed as currently so little is understood about this devastating disease. However it is important to stress that the researchers did not find that oral bacteria cause pancreatic cancer. More research would be needed to build on this to establish a possible connection. However, the potential for a saliva test in the future as an indicator for pancreatic cancer would be very exciting.
“Poor oral health is linked to a number of diseases as is an unhealthy lifestyle. Not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce your risk of pancreatic cancer. ”