“There is a clear link between taking antibiotics and an increased risk of developing colon cancer within the next five to ten years.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
Evidence has been growing for some time now that antibiotics are linked to an increased risk of cancers of the bowel and other organs. While there is no doubt that antibiotics have saved many lives, studies increasingly suggest they may also cause cancer by disrupting the intestinal microbiota.
A study published in 2017 found that people taking antibiotics for long periods of time have an increased risk of developing polyps in the colon, a known precursor of bowel cancer. Published in the journal Gut, the study provided further confirmation that maintaining a healthy intestinal microbiota may play a key role in the prevention of cancer.
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