Some Bacteria Inhibit Cancer Progression – Part 2 of 2
However, these patients had higher levels of bacteria linked to infection in the mouth and gastrointestinal tract. “Our findings are important because identification of these microbes may open the door for colorectal cancer preclusion and treatment,” Ahn said in an NYU news release. These findings are exciting, Volker Mai and Dr J Glenn Morris, of the University of Florida at Gainesville, wrote in an accompanying chronicle editorial.
However, they noted that colorectal cancer risk “is known to be influenced by host genetics, as well as factors such as obesity, nutrition and exercise; given that these factors also influence microbiota, split of cause and effect among all of these factors may become quite difficult”. Further studies are needed, the researchers said.