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4 Your Health: more women having mammograms; gum disease linked to cancers

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Severe gum disease could increase the risk of certain cancers.

A new Tufts University study followed over 7,000 adults for over a decade. People with severe gum disease were 24 percent more likely to develop cancer than those with healthy gums.

Gum disease was most strongly linked to lung and colon cancer. It did not increase the risk of breast, prostate or blood cancers.

Number of mammograms up

More women have had mammograms since the affordable care act eliminated co-pays for the breast cancer screening test.

Researchers at Brown University studied 15,000 older women with some type of medicare advantage plan. Women in plans without co-pays for mammograms were six percent more likely to be screened than those who did have a co-pay.

Most of these gains were among women with more education.

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