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NCI RESEARCHERS "BACK OFF" FROM MAKING MOUTHWASH/ORAL CANCER CAUSAL LINK

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NCI RESEARCHERS "BACK OFF" FROM MAKING MOUTHWASH/ORAL CANCER CAUSAL LINK due to internal consistency concerns and the lack of a clear trend among several studies, National Cancer Institute Branch Chief of Biostatistics William Blot, PhD, told members of the OTC Plaque Products Subcommittee of FDA's Dental Products Panel on June 28. Blot indicated that in evaluating results of a large-scale epidemiological study, he and fellow investigators "have backed off from making that causal connection" between an increased risk of oral and pharyngeal cancer and the use of alcohol-containing mouthwashes.

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