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Gum disease ‘linked to greater risk of breast cancer in women’

11th December 2017

Women with gum disease may be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study.

Research published in the journal of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology assessed more than 200 women and found that those who suffered from periodontitis were two to three times more likely to develop breast cancer. 

This supports the theory that breast cancer could be linked to systemic inflammation originating in the infected gums, as well as indicating that bacteria from the mouth may enter the circulatory system through the gums, which then may affect breast tissue.

Responding to the findings, the Oral Health Foundation called for further research to investigate the nature of this link, as well as highlighting the importance of proper oral care as a means of mitigating these health risks.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive officer of the Oral Health Foundation, said: "The health risks associated with gum disease are definitely not limited to the mouth; there is clear evidence that it is associated extremely serious health problems."

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