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Bowel cancer: New research demonstrates a 'clear link' between antibiotics and tumours


Umea University, Sweden, shared the results of their eye-opening research earlier this month, stating: “The impact of antibiotics on the intestinal microbiome is thought to lie behind the increased risk of cancer.” Taking antibiotics has been “confirmed” to raise bowel cancer risk in the next five to 10 years. “The results underline the fact that there are many reasons to be restrictive with antibiotics,” warned cancer researcher Sophia Harlid.

“There is absolutely no cause for alarm simply because you have taken antibiotics,” reassured Harlid.

“The increase in risk is moderate and the effect on the absolute risk to the individual is fairly small,” she continued.

Bowel cancer

Bowel Cancer UK said: “The earlier [the disease] is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.

“People whose cancer is diagnosed at an early stage have a much higher chance of successful treatment than those whose cancer has become more widespread.”

Such a tool can make it easier to paint a clearer picture to your doctor about your ongoing symptoms.

Known as one of the most preventable cancers, how can you minimise your risk of bowel cancer developing?

You can:

  • Avoid processed meat and limit red meat
  • Eat plenty of fibre from whole grains, pulses, vegetables and fruit
  • Be a healthy body weight
  • Do 30 minutes of activity, five times per week
  • Reduce alcohol consumption, or don’t drink at all
  • Don’t smoke.

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