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Antibiotics Increase Bowel Cancer Rates

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  • New research shows women who had used antibiotics for two months or more were at an increased risk of developing colon polyps, which can be a precursor to colorectal cancer
  • Those who used the drugs for a total of at least two months in their 20s and 30s had a 36 percent increased risk of polyps compared to those who did not
  • Among women who used the drugs long-term in their 40s and 50s, the risk of polyps increased by 70 percent
  • Even taking antibiotics for 15 days or more, at any age range, was associated with an increased risk of polyps

By Dr. Mercola

When you take antibiotics, there are both short- and long-term risks, the latter of which may not become evident until long after you've stopped taking the drugs (making it next to impossible to connect the two). One of their greatest risks is also their mechanism of action: wiping out the bacteria in your gut.


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