Bowel Cancer: Watch Your Antibiotics Intake

Although it is known as the most preventable of the lot, bowel cancer is as deadly as they come. It is, according to scientists, the second biggest cancer killer in both men and women, next to lung cancer. Yet, researchers from Umea University, Sweden, who have been on its trail, just to get of how it evolves say there are more reasons to tread with care when taking antibiotics because there are clear links between coming up with the ailment and antibiotics intake.
“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 while sharing the remarkable research findings early September.
While affirming that antibiotics therapy can necessarily save lives, the researchers however, caution on the need to be cautious in taking antibiotics particularly in cases with ailments that will end up healing anyway.
The reason, according to the researchers is that avoiding unnecessary use of antibiotics helps in reducing not just resistance to the drugs but also because it helps in lowering the risk of bowel cancer shown to evolve more with the use of antibiotics.
“While in many cases antibiotic therapy is necessary and saves lives, in the event of less serious ailments that can be expected to heal anyway, caution should be exercised. This is to help curb resistance to antibiotics and to lower bowel cancer risk.”
In particular, the researchers warn that men and women who take antibiotics for over six months risk 17 per cent chances of developing cancer in the ascending colon. According to them, the chances of coming down with bowel cancel after six months antibiotics intake is “markedly higher” particularly among those who take most antibiotics
The data relied upon by the researchers were reportedly sourced from 40,000 patients on the Swedish Colorectal Cancer Registry between 2010 to 2016. They were compared with a matched but controlled group of 200,000 cancer-free individuals randomly drawn from the Swedish population. However, the result is that there is a “small but statistically significant” rise in the risk of cancer after a single course of antibiotics.
Though the study covered only orally administered antibiotics, the consensus is that intravenous antibiotics may also affect the gut microbiota.
But whatever the case is, below are symptoms one has to look out for as an indication of bowel cancer.
*Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
*Persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
*Unexplained weight loss
*Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
*A pain or lump in your tummy.
Though there are many other health issues that can mimic similar symptoms, the best bet is to have them checked out because surviving it depends on early detection.

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