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Researchers Find Potential Link Between Oral Bacteria and Pancreatic Cancer

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An article from reports that blood samples taken from more than 800 European adults found that ?high antibody levels for one of the more infectious periodontal bacterium strains of Porphyromonas gingivalis were associated with a two-fold risk for pancreatic cancer."

If this study turns out to be true, the implications could save thousands of lives. Pancreatic cancer kills those who are diagnosed within an average of six months, and according to the article, the cancer kills over 40,000 a year in the United States alone.

More findings like this could also lead to better dental insurance plans. As we?ve seen recently, insurance companies have been all too eager to cut spending on dental. As more and more studies link dental health to other diseases, insurance companies may have their hands forced when it comes to providing better dental plans.

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