Written by Dentistry Today Thursday, 07 November 2013 14:45
A test for pancreatic cancer may soon be on the way.
Researchers from the UCLA School of Dentistry have inched closer to completing a saliva test, which will test for pancreatic cancer. The saliva test would look specifically for biomarkers associated with pancreatic cancer.
If this test ends up being approved, dentists would have the ability it to check for pancreatic cancer among patients.
Survival rates for pancreatic cancer patients are among the lowest of all cancer patients. Most pancreatic cancer patients die within only one year of being diagnosed. Only 6 percent live for more than five years after diagnosis.