New studies link certain mouth bacteria to the risk of EAC (esophageal adenocarcinoma) and ESCC (esophageal squamous cell carcinoma). Samples taken from the mouths of more than 100,000 people were studied by NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center and studied over a decade. The results were published in the journal Cancer Research.
People with the highest levels of bacteria Tannerella forsythia and Porphyromonas gingivalis were found to have a 21% increased risk of cancer. This bacteria has also been linked to gum disease. Implications can suggest that improving oral hygiene may therefore reduce this cancer risk.
Cancer of the esophagus, a highly fatal disease, kills close to 15,000 people each year in the United States. It’s the sixth leading cause of cancer death worldwide.
Yet another reason to brush and floss your teeth regularly!