A study is showing that fatty acids from bacteria present in gum disease may cause Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS)-related lesions and tumors in the mouth. These lesions are a form of mouth cancer!
The information comes from a study by Case Western Reserve University. The researchers analyzed how by products in the form of fatty acids cause the growth of the lesions. This form of cancer usually develops in individuals who have a compromised immune system but can be seen in patients who continue to struggle with gum disease or periodontal disease.
This finding could result in early saliva testing for bacteria. The person could then possibly be treated for signs of cancer or cancer before it would become malignant and cause permanent or irreparable damage.
At Lasting Impressions, Dr. Platt recommends a yearly oral cancer screening to check for these and other lesions that are cancer forming in the mouth. Please call Laura or Carolyn at 719-528-6100 for your Velscope Cancer screening which we perform at your routine check-ups!