There are 2 known oral pathogens that more than double your risk for pancreatic cancer. We offer a simple saliva test that looks for these and other oral pathogens. If your mouth is infected, we offer preventive and progressive treatment to eliminate the oral pathogens. Gum disease significantly increases your risk for having pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer (arguably one of the scariest cancers because of limited early detection and very low survival rate) is also part of the oral-systemic connection. Recent studies show that 2 specific oral bacteria increase your risk for developing pancreatic cancer.
Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa) increases a person’s risk for pancreatic cancer by 119%, and Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) increases risk by 59% (22). More interesting is the research that suggests that having a healthy oral biofilm (when your mouth has only the good bacteria) is protective against developing pancreatic cancer (23). Researchers believe that the healthy oral biofilm releases signals to the body that improves and heightens the immune system causing a protective mechanism against developing cancer.