Gum disease likely to increase breast cancer risk, says study

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Research shows that post-menopausal women with periodontal problems are at a higher risk of breast cancer

A recent study suggests that post-menopausal women having periodontal or gum disease are more likely to suffer from breast cancer than women who do not have the chronic inflammatory disease. The findings were published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Periodontal disease is often linked to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

The researchers studied 73,737 post-menopausal women enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study. None of them had a history of breast cancer. Of the women, 26.1 per cent had periodontal disease.

After a mean follow-up time of 6.7 years, 2,124 women were found to be suffering from breast cancer.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Written by

Avinash Iyer