Antibiotics Overuse Associated with Higher Risk of Colon Cancer

Recent research, presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer 2021, suggests that people, especially those who are 50 years and over, may have a higher risk of colorectal cancer due to overuse of antibiotics.Antibiotics Overuse Associated with Higher Risk of Colon Cancer

For the study, a team of scientists analyzed data of a total of 7,903 individuals with colorectal cancer, comparing them with the data of 30,418 individuals without the condition. Of the study participants diagnosed with colorectal cancers, 445 were under the age of 50.

The analysis showed that there is a link between antibiotic use and a higher risk of colorectal cancer. The researchers also noted that individuals with later-onset colorectal cancer had an associated risk of 9%. The association was significantly higher in those with early-onset colorectal cancer, with an almost 50% increased risk.

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