Written by Dentistry Today Friday, 16 August 2013 12:33
There may be a newly discovered cause of colorectal cancer.
Two new studies indicate that a type of gut bacteria located in the mouth can cause colorectal cancer as a result of influencing the immune response and turning on cancer genes. The research team thinks this information could result in more efficient ways to diagnose, treat and possibly prevent colorectal cancer.
The information from the two studies appears in the August 14 issue of the online journal Cell Host & Microbe.
The gut contains trillions of bacteria, which outnumber the number of cells in our bodies. The microbe communities maintain their health by training the immune system and aiding in the digestion of food. The down side is that they could cause disease.