CANCER AND GUM DISEASE
ANCHOR LEAD: THE GUM CONDITION KNOW AS PERIODONTAL DISEASE IS ASSOCIATED WITH AN INCREASED CANCER RISK, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
People with periodontal disease, where infections around the base of the teeth result in chronic inflammation, are known to be at risk for cardiovascular disease, but now a new study establishes an increased risk for cancer as well. Anthony Schwartz, a dentist at Johns Hopkins, describes the study.
SCHWARTZ: A study was done, a Harvard study, enrolled over 50,000 male health professionals, over 30,000 of them were dentists, and the implication is that periodontal disease is associated with significantly higher risk of certain types of cancers. What really needs to be studied now is whether or not that is a marker for cancer or if there’s something in the immune system that’s compromised that allows not only the periodontal disease but the cancer to progress. :26
Most of the increased risk was seen for colorectal cancer, melanoma, lung and bladder cancers and advanced prostate cancer. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.