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Tongue Microbiome Could Help Identify Patients with Early-Stage Pancreatic Cancer

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Differences in the abundance of certain bacteria living on the tongue can distinguish patients with early pancreatic cancers from healthy individuals, according to results from a new study published in the Journal of Oral Microbiology.

Although disruptions to the microbiome – the population of microorganisms that live in and on our bodies – have already been identified in pancreatic cancer patients in other body tissues, this is the first evidence of changes to the bacteria in the tongue coating. If confirmed in larger studies, this could pave the way towards the development of new life-saving early detection or prevention tools for this highly aggressive disease. Read more . . . 

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