Some antibiotics tied to increased colon cancer risk

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Higher diversity of bacteria in the gut has been linked to lower colon cancer incidence. Researchers examining antibiotic among 22,000 colorectal cancer patients in the United Kingdom found that those taking antibiotics were 8 to 11 percent more likely to develop colon cancer after other factors were ruled out. Some antibiotics can reduce gut bacteria diversity, which might leave individuals more open to risk. Penicillin was linked most strong to this modest risk in cancer incidence.

Some antibiotics tied to increased colon cancer risk
Some antibiotics tied to increased colon cancer risk
Taking some antibiotics, which reduces the diversity of bacteria in the gut, may slightly increase the risk of developing colon cancer, a new study suggests. Low diversity of gut bacteria has been linked to higher risk of colorectal cancer.
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