A Group Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast have discovered that poor oral health is linked to a 75% increase in liver cancer risk.
Their study analyzed the group of 500,000 people in the United Kingdom and examined oral conditions and many gastrointestinal cancers, including liver, colon, anus, and pancreatic cancer.
Researchers used models for estimating the risk of cancer and the relationship between oral health conditions such as the painful or bleeding brain, mouth ulcers, and loose teeth. Although there was no significant association between most gastrointestinal cancer and poor oral health, researchers found a significant link to hepatobiliary cancer.
Long Term Diseases
“Poor oral health is associated with the risk of many long-term diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes,”
University Head Headley WT Jade said,” However, there is incompatible evidence of the connection between poor oral hygiene and specific types of gastrointestinal cancer, which is the goal of our research.”
Out of 469,628 participants, 4,069 developed gastrointestinal cancer during an average six-year follow-up. In those cases, patients reported poor oral health in 13%. Participants with poor oral health are more likely to live in young, female, disadvantaged socioeconomic sectors, and less than two parts of fruit and vegetables daily.
More possibility of Liver Cancer
Biological mechanisms by which poor oral health may be more strongly linked to liver cancer rather than more digestive cancer, it is currently uncertain. One development is the potential role of oral and intestinal microbial in the development of the disease.
“The liver contributes to the elimination of bacteria from the human body. When the liver is affected by diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis or cancer, its function will decrease and bacteria will last longer and there will be a possibility of further damage.”
“Bacteria, fusobacterium nucleus, are found in the mouth, but their role in liver cancer is unclear. More study is needed to investigate microbial and liver cancer.”
Other theories that explain the risk of high cancer due to poor oral health, suggest that most of the missing tooth participants can change their diet, use soft and potentially less nutritious food, which in turn influences the risk of liver cancer.
Liver cancer is the sixth-largest cancer killer in the European Union, claiming about 60,000 people every year. The five-year survival rate in Europe is only 11%, and in nine cases of 10 cases, there are persons at 55 years of age. Researchers have noted that half of these cases are preventable, including lifestyle, obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption.