Study Finds Poor Oral Health Increases Risk for Liver Cancer
A study from the UK Biobank cohort finds that poor oral health correlates with an increased risk for hepatobiliary cancers, including hepatocellular carcinoma.
The link between poor oral health
and chronic diseases
According to Haydée W.T. Jordão and her colleagues from Queen’s University Belfast in Ireland, “Poor oral health is an established risk factor for several chronic systemic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers,”
“Periodontitis, gingivitis, dental caries and tooth loss can all be considered as oral diseases or clinical indicators of poor oral health,” Jordão added.
In another study conducted by researchers in the U.K., data was analyzed from nearly 470,000 patients for gastrointestinal cancer risk and they found that more than 4,060 of these patients developed gastrointestinal cancer, with 13% of these cancer patients reporting poor oral health.
While they did not find a link between poor oral health and gastrointestinal cancer risk, the team did find a substantial link between poor oral health and hepatocellular carcinoma.
“This study found an association between self-reported poor oral health and increased risk of hepatobiliary cancer, particularly hepatocellular carcinoma,” researchers stated.
This link was stronger in patients who consumed fewer fruits and vegetables daily, were smokers, and were overweight or obese, or lived in more affluent socioeconomic areas.
In conclusion, the researchers found no association between self-reported poor oral health and detected gastrointestinal cancer; however, they did find that poor oral health was associated with an increased risk of hepatobiliary cancer.
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