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Reported September 17, 2013

Cavities to Reduce Cancer

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A recent study shows a higher number of cavities may be linked with a lower risk of developing cancer cells.

Dr. Mine Tezal, from the University of Buffalo, found that 36 percent of 399 patients with cancer had oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). She also found that patients with more cavities were less likely to develop head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) than those who did not have as many cavities. Results showed that the bacteria that causes tooth decay provides an immunity to cancer.

“The presence of these otherwise beneficial bacteria in saliva or on mucosal surfaces may protect the host against chronic inflammatory diseases and HNSCC. We could think of dental caries as a form of collateral damage and develop strategies to reduce its risk while preserving the beneficial effects of the lactic acid bacteria,” Dr. Tezal was quoted as saying.

For more information, go to:  http://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/cavities-appears-associated-reduced-risk-head-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma/

SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), September 2013

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