- say taking pills ‘increases risk’ of DEADLY disease
BOWEL CANCER risk has been linked to people in their early to mid life who have taken antibiotics a long period, experts have revealed.
In the study, data from 16,642 women who were aged 60 and older in 2004, able to provide a history of antibiotic use between the ages of 20 and 59, and who had had at least one bowel investigation between 2004 and 2010, was analysed.
During this period, 1195 adenomas were newly diagnosed in this group.
Experts revealed women who had taken antibiotics for two months or more during their 40s and 50s were 69 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with an adenoma than those who hadn’t taken these drugs for any extended period.
Again, the scientists found the association between the tumours and antibiotics was positive.
The researchers also didn’t gather information on the type of antibiotics taken.
Previous research points to depletion of certain types of bacteria and an abundance of others in patients with bowel cancer.
This might all have a crucial role the development of bowel cancer, added to which the bugs that require antibiotics may induce inflammation, which is a known risk for the development of bowel cancer.
“The findings, if confirmed by other studies, suggest the potential need to limit the use of antibiotics and sources of inflammation that may drive tumour formation,” conclude the researchers.
“This study’s findings imply that any risk is very slight and also quite variable.
“Whilst the data adds to our growing knowledge of the importance of the gut bacteria to our health, I would be concerned about advising people to avoid using antibiotics.
“Antibiotics are crucial medicines for treating bacterial infections and, if prescribed and used appropriately, can be life-saving.”
The research was published in the journal Gut.
This comes after it was revealed doing this could reduce risk of deadly cancer by nearly a half.