Is there a Non-Invasive Procedure to Diagnose Pancreatic Cancer?

logo1267406_mdNew research presented recently at the American Society for Microbiology”s  annual meeting concluded that patients with pancreatic cancer have a different and distinct profile of specific bacteria int their saliva compared to healthy controls and  patients with other cancers or pancreatic disease. The researchers believe that the ratio of particular types of bacteria in the saliva may indicate pancreatic cancer. In their study, the researchers compared the diversity of saliva bacteria of 131 patients (63 females, 68 males) being treated in California. Of those, 14 had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, 13 with pancreatic disease, 22 with other forms of cancer, and 10 who were disease free. Results showed that those with pancreatic cancer had higher levels of two oral bacteria-Leptotrichia and Campylobacter when compared to the healthy or those with diseases including pancreatic disease. Those with pancreatic cancer also had lower levels of Streptococcus. Treponema, and Veillonelia. Researchers concluded “Our results suggest the presence of a consistently distinct microbial profile for pancreatic cancer.”

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