A recent study reveals that testing the tongue scrapings can help in diagnosing pancreatic cancer before the development of the cancer symptoms. A recent study of the patients during the early stages of the disease proves that the patients had a remarkably significant amount of two particular bacteria in their mouths. Scientists also observed that there were two specific bugs that were present notably in lower content in patients with pancreatic cancer in comparison to healthy individuals.
Given the study, the team of researchers hopes that this serves to be an effective way of detecting pancreatic cancer much prior to its effects. This is because pancreatic cancer is quite difficult to diagnose.
The latest study was conducted at Zhejiang University in China and was led by Prof. Lanjuan Li –the Director of the State Laboratory for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases. Thousands of people all around the world are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after the development of major symptoms. Tragically, only around less than one percent of the patients with pancreatic cancer tend to survive ten years or more after the diagnosis of the disease.
Pancreatic cancer usually gets spotted during the later stages of the disease because of its common symptoms including abdominal pain, jaundice, weight loss – all of these symptoms appearing only when the tumor get significantly large. Almost 60 percent of the patients with pancreatic cancer come to know of the disease only when the condition has worsened. In the given study, the microbiome was revealed to be a major indicator of pancreatic cancer. There have been several studies that indicate observing the changes in the bacteria levels in feces, saliva, and intestinal juices.
In the study, by looking at the tongue coating, the team of researchers was able to analyze 30 patients having an early stage of pancreatic cancer affecting only the head of the pancreas. Tongue scrapings were taken as samples from the patients – between the age range of 45 to 65 years. The samples were then compared with that of the samples from around 25 healthy people. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Oral Microbiology and suggested that sufferers of pancreatic cancer had significantly different bacteria composition on the tongues in comparison to healthy individuals.
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