Fatty acids from bacteria present in gum disease may cause Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS)-related lesions and tumors in the mouth.
Kaposi’s Sarcoma, a cancer that is caused by the human herpesvirus 8 (HHV8) and is treated based upon the specific type and cause of the cancer. Usually chemotherapy, surgery and radiation treatments are needed to treat the disease.
In a study by Case Western Reserve University, the researchers analyzed how byproducts in the form of fatty acids actually cause the growth of the lesions in humans. With this finding there could easily become the ability to develop a simple testing of saliva for the presence of the specific bacteria. The person could then possibly be treated for signs of cancer or cancer before it would become malignant.