Saliva may hold key to diagnosing pancreatic cancer

October 13, 2011

New research in the journal Gut suggests that saliva -- and the bacteria it contains -- may hold the key to an earlier diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

According to the study, there are differences in the types and amount of certain bacterial strains in the saliva of people with pancreatic cancer.

Researchers are hoping the study will eventually lead to an early and easy screening test for the disease.

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