Gum Disease May Lead to Head, Neck Cancers, University at Buffalo Study  
6/19/2012 7:00:19 AM

Chronic gum disease may leave the mouth more susceptible to head and neck cancers caused by the human papillomavirus, a study found. Of 124 patients diagnosed with the cancers in the study, 40 percent had tumors that tested positive for a strain of human papillomavirus, research published online today in the Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery found