People who had high levels of antibodies for an infectious oral bacterium turned out to have twice the risk for developing pancreatic cancer, report Brown University researchers.
High antibody levels for harmless oral bacteria, meanwhile, predicted a reduced pancreatic cancer risk.
Pancreatic cancer, which is difficult to detect and kills most patients within six months of diagnosis, is responsible for 40,000 deaths a year in the US.
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