Can a Saliva Test Spot Early Pancreatic Cancer?

Early Research Suggests Bacteria in the Mouth May One Day Help Diagnose Pancreatic Cancer. A simple saliva test may one day help doctors diagnose people with pancreatic cancer before it has spread. As of now, there is no early screening test for pancreatic cancer. There often are no symptoms until the cancer has begun to spread, which accounts for its poor survival rate. According to the study, there are differences in the types and prevalence of certain bacterial strains in the saliva of people with pancreatic cancer.

The pancreas, a long, flat gland that lies in the abdomen behind the stomach, produces enzymes that help with digestion and certain hormones that maintain the proper level of blood sugar. Read more…

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