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Dental study results reported in variety of national press outlets

Release Date: May 22, 2007

Results of a UB study that showed a link between gum disease and increased risk for tongue cancer received considerable attention among the national media.

An article in The New York Times reports that UB research has shown that the bone loss caused by gum disease is associated with an increased risk for tongue cancer and the more the bone loss the greater the risk. The article quotes Frank Scannapieco, professor and chair of oral biology.

Scannepieco also is quotes in an article distributed by Bloomberg News that reports UB researchers for the first time have demonstrated a link between chronic gum disease and tongue cancer in men, underscoring the importance off treating an often overlooked condition.

An article distributed by the Canadian Press reports that if the risk of losing all your teeth isn't incentive enough, UB researchers have found another preventive reason to brush and floss regularly -- tongue cancer. The article quotes Mine Tezal, professor of periodontics and endodontics, and appeared in about a number of Canadian outlets, including the Toronto Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, Ottawa Sun, Metro News and Winnepeg Sun.

An article distributed by Reuters, Reuters Health and Reuters UK reports that in a small study conducted at UB, the gum disease periodontitis was associated with an elevated risk of developing tongue cancer, and quotes Mine Tenzal. The article appeared in print and Web publications that include Scientific American, Yahoo! News and Health Central.

An article distributed by HealthDay news service reports that chronic gum disease could boost a man's risk for tongue cancer, whether or not he smokes, according to a study conducted by UB researchers. The article was picked up by newspapers that include The Washington Post, Austin American Statesman, Yahoo! News and Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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