Poor oral health and cancer

Poor oral health is associated with a 75% increased risk of liver cancer.

The study, by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, analyzed over 469,000 people in the UK, investigated the association between oral health conditions and the risk of a several gastrointestinal cancers: liver, colon, rectum & pancreatic cancer. The study evaluated the relationship between cancer risk in self-reported oral health conditions of painful or bleeding gums, mouth ulcers and loose teeth.

While no significant associations were linked to most gastrointestinal cancers a substantial link was found for hepatobiliary cancer (the most common form of liver cancer).  

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