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Microbes on the tongue could be used to diagnose pancreatic cancer

January 31, 2019

The study showed that the tongue-coating microbiomes of patients with early-stage pancreatic were significantly more diverse and composed of remarkably different bacteria, compared with the tongue coatings of healthy individuals.

Pancreatic cancer is the seventh leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. In the UK, almost 10,000 people are diagnosed with this highly aggressive disease each year, with only 1% surviving for more than ten years.

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