Link Between Periodontal Disease and Women’s Cancer

While men are more prone to develop periodontal disease than women the CDC estimates that almost 40% of adult women in the U. S. have gum disease. Recently increased breast cancer risk and periodontal disease have been shown to be linked.  A recent study done by the State University of New York at Buffalo was conducted to determine if gum disease is associated with any other types of cancer. The study, conducted on women aged 54-86 showed that periodontal disease increased the risk of developing any type of cancer by 14%. The most commonly associated cancer was esophageal cancer, but there was also lung cancer, gallbladder cancer, melanoma (skin cancer), and breast cancer. While these findings are concerning it is still too early to completely understand the underlying correlation. More research will be required to develop this connection.