Could Oral Health be Used as a Screening Test for Pancreatic Cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is often difficult to detect, as there are few successful early screening methods. However, all of this might be about to change thanks to the results of a handful of recent studies. What have scientists learned about oral health and pancreatic cancer?

–  Certain bacteria might influence the development of pancreatic cancer.

–  Other issues such as periodontal disease can play a role.

–  The detection of this bacteria could serve as an early warning.

“A history of gum disease and poor oral health have been linked to raised risk of pancreatic cancer.”

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After qualifying in Leeds in 1998, Irfan worked for 9 years in a number of busy NHS practices which cemented his skills in all aspects of dentistry from simple fillings to surgical removal of teeth. Since 2007 he has worked solely in private dentistry. Having completed a certificate course in dental implants in 2008 Irfan went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Dental Implantology.

Irfan also completed a 12-month advanced restorative course in 2008 which concentrated on advanced techniques in a number of dental treatments including crowns, bridges, veneers, and fillings. He completed the SAAD course in intravenous sedation in 2012 as well as courses in short-term orthodontics by Cfast and 6 Months Smiles. Irfan’s most recent course was on advanced bone grafting procedures for implant treatment.

Treating every patient as if they were a member of his own family and giving them the highest level of care is the philosophy Irfan works by. "Giving someone their smile back and the confidence that gives them is such a rewarding part of the job."

Irfan spends as much of his time with his family as possible. He is the coach for his son’s football team and enjoys participating in a number of different sports when the time permits (which isn’t as often as he would like).