“Scientists from Aberdeen University have found that antibiotic use may increase the risk of developing colon cancer.” [Source: pressandjournal.co.uk]
There is growing evidence that antibiotics are linked to an increased risk of cancers of the colon 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 had 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.
Research from the United Kingdom carried out over a period of 23 years further demonstrates a link between antibiotics and colon cancer, with higher doses being clearly shown to increase the risk. Significantly, however, the risk was also observed even after minimal use of the drugs.
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