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Data collected in a long-term health study reports a 24 per cent increase in the risk of cancer among participants with severe gum disease.

The US study—which is published in this month’s Journal of the National Cancer Institute—used data from comprehensive dental exams performed on 7,466 participants from four states, as part of their participation in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study, who were then followed from the late 1990s until 2012. During the follow-up period, 1,648 new cancer cases were diagnosed.

The research team—a collaboration led by epidemiologists Dominique Michaud at Tufts University School of Medicine and Elizabeth Platz of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Kimmel Cancer Center—found a 24 per cent increase in the risk of developing cancer among participants with severe periodontitis, compared to those with mild to no periodontitis at baseline.


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(Source: Bite Magazine)

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