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Antibiotic Use and Colorectal Cancer

Antibiotic Use and Colorectal Cancer

Exposure to antibiotics appears to be associated with the development of colon cancer, particularly in younger people, and could be contributing to the increase in early onset colorectal cancer (CRC) that is being documented, say UK researchers.⁠ ⁠ The team conducted a nested case-control study using data from primary care in Scotland, which involved almost 8000 cases of CRC and over 30,000 healthy controls.⁠ ⁠ The analysis suggests that a history of antibiotic use among individuals younger that 50 appeared to increase the risk of developing colon cancer (but not rectal) by 49%.⁠ ⁠ Junk food, sugary drinks, obesity, and alcohol are likely to have played a part in that rise, but this data stress the importance of avoiding unnecessary antibiotics, especially in children and young adults, the researchers said in a statement.⁠ ⁠ By: ⁠ ⁠ ⁠

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