Create Account | Sign In: Author or Forum

News  |  Journals  |  Conferences  |  Opinion  |  Articles  |  Forums  |  Twitter    
Category: Oncology | Dentistry | News

Back to Health News

Gum Disease May Increase Head and Neck Cancer Risk

Last Updated: September 08, 2009.

The threat seems the same for smokers, nonsmokers, study finds


The threat seems the same for smokers, nonsmokers, study finds

Share |

Comments: (0)




TUESDAY, Sept. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Taking good care of your teeth may help cut your risk of developing head or neck cancer, suggests a new study that links a gum disease to such tumors.

Having chronic periodontitis, a gum disease involving the progressive loss of the bone and soft tissue attached to the teeth, appeared to increase one's odds of developing head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, especially in the mouth and throat.

The findings was published online Sept. 8 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

"Prevent periodontitis; if you have it already, get treatment and maintain good oral hygiene," research leader Dr. Mine Tezal, from the Buffalo, N.Y.-based Roswell Park Cancer Institute, said in a news release issued by the journal's publisher.

The cancer risk appeared to be roughly as high for chronic periodontitis patients, regardless of whether they smoked or used any tobacco products, but further study may be needed to confirm this, Tezal said.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has more about gum disease.

SOURCE: American Association for Cancer Research, news release, Sept. 8, 2009

Copyright © 2009 ScoutNews, LLC. All rights reserved.

Previous: Health Highlights: Sept. 8, 2009 Next: Cancer Drug May Fight Alzheimer's

Reader comments on this article are listed below. Review our comments policy.

Submit your opinion:





Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?


Useful Sites
  Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us
Copyright © 2001-2016
Doctors Lounge.
All rights reserved.

Medical Reference:
Diseases | Symptoms
Drugs | Labs | Procedures
Software | Tutorials

Links | Humor
Forum Archive
CME | Conferences

Privacy Statement
Terms & Conditions
Editorial Board
About us | Email

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.