Oral bacteria test may speed pancreatic cancer diagnoses

10/14/2011 | HealthDay News

Analyzing a saliva sample for the presence or absence of specific oral bacteria could be a way to screen for pancreatic cancer and improve the rate of early diagnosis, University of California, Los Angeles, researchers reported in the journal Gut. The study found pancreatic cancer patients had 31 species of bacteria not found in the mouths of the healthy participants and were missing 25 other species present in the disease-free pool.

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