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​New Findings on Bacteria that Increase Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

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Bacteria from the digestive system seem to have the potential to cause damage to pancreatic cells, increasing the risk of malignant tumors. Now for the first time, live bacteria from cystic pancreatic lesions that are precursors to pancreatic cancer, have been analyzed by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The study can lead to prophylactic interventions using local antibiotics (Gut Microbes 2021; doi: 10.1080/19490976.2021.1983101).

Cystic lesions, including intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs), of the pancreas are common. Because they are known as precursors to pancreatic cancer, many patients need regular, lifelong check-ups, and a few can also require surgery. It would be valuable for the individual and for the health care to know more about the carcinogenic risk factors. Read more . . .


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