New study suggests regular brushing could lower throat cancer risk by 20 percent

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A new study has suggested that regular brushing could lower your risk of developing throat cancer by over 20 percent.

Researchers in the US claim that brushing could slash throat cancer risk by 21 percent as a result of reducing levels of some certain bacteria, which are believed to increase cancer risk. These harmful bacteria are linked to the onset of gum disease, a common oral disease, which is often caused by poor oral hygiene and a subsequent build-up of plaque.

According to researchers, throat cancer is the eight most common form of cancer and the sixth most common cause of cancer deaths globally. Just 15-25 percent of people survive for five years after diagnosis and this is largely due to the fact that most cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage.

Researchers from New York University analysed samples from a group of 122,000 participants and tracked the group over a 10-year period. Over the course of the study period, 106 people developed oesophageal cancer. The findings of the study suggest that the presence of certain strains of bacteria can influence cancer risk. Bacteria associated with gum disease can increase the risk of throat cancer by 21 percent, according to the study findings.

Lead author, Prof Jiyoung Ahn, explained that the study highlights the importance of good oral hygiene and regular dental checks as a means of reducing the risk of oesophageal cancer, a form of cancer that is among the deadliest strains. It is hoped that the findings can be used to identify effective prevention strategies and encourage people to take good care of their teeth and gums.

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