Why Gum Disease May Raise A Woman’s Risk of Cancer

A recent study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that women with gum disease were 14% more likely to develop cancer than those with healthy teeth and gums.

This isn’t the first study to suggest that gum disease is associated with certain cancers, but few studies—and none on older women—have calculated an overall increased risk. The researchers focused on this population because risks for gum disease and cancer both increase with age, and because a link had already been established in men.

Read a summary of the study from TIME Health.