Study Claims Antibiotics Can Potentially Increase The Risk Of Bowel Cancer

By Abbie Kraft, Parent Herald April 07, 04:00 am

Researchers revealed that consistently consuming antibiotics can potentially trigger tumor growth. Contrary to the research involving tumor growth and antibiotics, however, it was mentioned that health care providers advise patients to continue taking their medications as the latter is not yet proven.

The research explaining the correlation of antibiotic consumption and bowl cancer was published in the journal, Gut. Although there was evidence pointing out the formation of tumors within the bowel lining, other health care practitioners highlighted that the research needs more study.

The early results of the investigation need further studies and the experts warn that people should not stop taking antibiotics. Commonly known as the hostile bugs, the bowel polyps, which grows on the lining of the bowel are said to affect 15 to 20 percent of the population in the UK. Though the symptoms may not be deemed as cancerous,experts explain that the condition can transition into cancer if left untreated, according to BBC.

The study was based on the Nurses' Health study, which was participated by 16,600 nurses in the United States. The researchers came across a data where it was revealed that nurses ages 20 to 39 who consumed antibiotics over the past two months are more likely to be diagnosed with adenomas, which is a type of bowel polyp.

The researchers also added that women who consumed antibiotics for two months during their 40's and 50's are more likely to be diagnosed with adenomas after a decade compared to their peers. The study, however, did not point out how the polyps could result to cancer.

"This might all have a crucial role in the development of bowel cancer, added to which the bugs that require antibiotics may induce inflammation," the researchers stated. "Which is a known risk for the development of bowel cancer."

Bowel cancer is third most common cancer in the United states, Medical News Today explained. Even though there are countless factors that may trigger the cancer cells to develop, antibiotic consumption is still being studied.

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