A Possible Link Between Gum Disease and Cancer in Postmenopausal Women
A study completed by the University at Buffalo found that postmenopausal women with a history of gum disease are at a higher risk of developing lung, gallbladder, melanoma and breast cancer.
The study consisted of 65,869 women between the ages of 54-86. Questionnaires were administered from 1999-2003 and the participants of this study reported having periodontal disease. In 2013 the results were collected and they found:
7,149 individuals contracted cancer.
Breast cancer was the highest number, with 2,416 women getting that kind of cancer.
A history of periodontal disease was associated with a 14% higher risk of developing any form of cancer.
The best way to care for your gums and teeth is through proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings. Periodontal disease affects close to 50,000 people in the US each year. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today.