In current medical industry, there are more than 100 types of medicines are documented and prescribed for a range of clinical and treatment applications. Each antibiotic is intended to target different types of infection, and hence people frequently consume antibiotics for curing of any infective diseases. But do you know, long-terms use of antibiotics can cause cancer development in the body? A new study, conducted by a team of international researchers has revealed the dark side of antibiotics’ long term use.

According to the new research findings, the long-term use of antibiotic in early-to-mid life is likely to have a connection with the uplifted risks of cancer-inducing polyps. The study claimed that use of antibiotics for a longer period could stimulate the abnormal growths in the colon and rectum – two long and hollow tubes of intensities that run from the abdomen to the anal opening and known as polyps or colorectal adenomas, which pave the way for the development of bowel cancer.

For the study, researchers monitored the health of 121,700 nurses from the United States, all aged between 30 and 55. The study started in 1976 and went long up to last year. Since the experiment began, the participants well asked to go through a detailed questionnaire in the interval of every two years. The surveys were based on lifestyle factors, demographics, their medical history and the development of the disease. Moreover, they were also asked to report their dietary habits in every four years. For the current study, analysis of the received data from the participants was limited to 16,642 women, all aged 60 years and older in 2004, who were able to give a detailed history of the use of antibiotic, when they aged between 20 and 59, and who have had at least one bowel investigation or colonoscopy in between 2004 and 2010.

After analysing the study, researchers found that those who had taken antibiotics in their 20s and 30s for two months or more are 36 percent more expected to be diagnosed with an adenoma in compare to those who hadn’t taken antibiotics for any longer period in between their 20s and 30s. This unexpected link gave researchers valid perspectives about now matter if the adenoma was measured higher or lower risk for bowel cancer, it is much stronger for endorsing the growths situated in the proximal, instead of the distal – colon.


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