Bacterial infections may play a role in triggering pancreatic cancer, according to recent research.
A growing number of studies suggest a role for infections --primarily of the stomach and gums -- in pancreatic cancer. The disease is a particularly deadly cancer, which the American Cancer Society estimates will kill nearly 38,500 Americans in 2013.
"Pancreatic cancer is the worst form of cancer that people can have," said Dr. Wasif Saif, director of the gastrointestinal oncology program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
"It's the cancer with the highest mortality rate - 96 percent mortality," he said.