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Antibiotics can cause bowel cancer

Antibiotics can cause bowel cancer, according to the latest research from Harvard University. The list of antibiotic risks keeps growing.

The overuse of antibiotics is now an epidemic in the United States and it is creating antibiotic resistance.

They are prescribed for almost everything.

The issue with taking too many antibiotics is that they kill good bacteria in the gut, which makes it more difficult to fight infections in the future.

The immune system gets used to them and creates antibiotic resistance.

The latest research from Harvard shows that because of the changes in gut bacteria due to antibiotics, the development of precancerous growths called polyps increases.

Dr. Mercola, a leading health expert and physician explains colon polyps: “Colon polyps are small masses of cells that can develop on the lining of your colon. While typically harmless, colon polyps can be precursors to colorectal cancer, which includes both cancers of the colon and rectum, and may lead to cancer development if left untreated.”

The researchers used data from over 16,000 women aged 60 and older. Women who used antibiotics for two months or more had an increased risk of developing colon polyps.

More specifically, those who used drugs for at least two months in their 20s and 30s had a 36 percent risk of polyps when compared to those who did not.

Women who used antibiotics long term in their 40s and 50s had an increased risk of 70 percent. Even just antibiotics for 15 days can increase polyp risk.

Medical News today reported: “When women who had not taken antibiotics in their 20s to 50s were compared with individuals who had taken them for more than 15 days between the ages of 20 and 59, there was a 73 percent increased risk of adenoma diagnosis.

The study showing that antibiotics can cause bowel cancer was published in the journal Gut.

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1. “Antibiotics Increase Bowel Cancer Rates.”, n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2017.
2. “Long-term Use of Antibiotics and Risk of Colorectal Adenoma.” Gut. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2017.
3. “Antibiotics May Increase the Risk of Bowel Cancer.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 05 Apr. 2017. Web. 22 Apr. 2017.

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