facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Study: Germ in mouth linked to colon cancer

Sept. 17, 2013 at 12:41 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
CLEVELAND, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they suspect a germ in the mouth -- a bacterium known as Fn -- could raise the risk of colon cancer.

Yiping Han of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland and colleagues said Fn lives in the mouth and can be carried to other body sites.

The study, published in the journal Cell Host and Microbe, said Fn attached to a cell receptor in the colon and the process could spur cancer cell growth.

However, Han created a substance that blocks the process experimentally, but she said she couldn't tell whether it would lead to a treatment. In the meantime, she advised people to control mouth microbes the way we know.

"Practice good oral hygiene and keep the gum healthy because the mouth is the gateway to our health," Han said in a statement.

To keep your teeth and gums healthy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advises to:

-- Brush your teeth two times a day with fluoride toothpaste.

-- Floss between your teeth every day.

-- Visit a dentist regularly for checkups and cleaning.

-- Cut down on sugary foods and drinks.

-- Don't smoke or chew tobacco.

-- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Richmond hospital patient tests negative for Ebola Richmond hospital patient tests negative for Ebola
2
CDC's Frieden admits uncertainty over Texas Ebola transmission CDC's Frieden admits uncertainty over Texas Ebola transmission
3
Changing the names of drugs to reflect their effects Changing the names of drugs to reflect their effects
4
Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children
5
Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95 Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback