If you are taking antibiotics for 15 days or longer, the risk of getting intestinal cancer could increase to 73 percent, showed a study published in the renowned gastroenterology journal “Gut”.
The scientists found out that long-term use of antibiotics increases the risk of getting polyps, small growths on the walls of the intestine that can become cancerous.
If you are taking medications in the 40s or 50s, the situation is more risky than if you do it in the 20’s or 30’s.
These results also confirm the theory that the intestinal bacteria play a key role in the prevention of getting cancer.
Although antibiotics are generally prescribed for a week, the condition like acne or tuberculosis requires a long term treatment.
The scientists studied data from more than 16,000 women over 60 years old. Only two months of using antibiotics between 20 and 39 year increases the risk of polyps by 36 percent.
Women who take antibiotics in the 40s and 50s have a 69 percent higher risk than women who did not take medications.
In the last four years the use of antibiotics was not associated with the risk of getting polyps.
These findings suggest that if this research is confirmed by other studies, the use of antibiotics should be strictly limited, the researchers recommend.
However, it emphasizes that it is necessary to conduct further research and that people should not stop using antibiotics if they are currently taking.
The number of polyps that can become cancerous is not known, scientists say.
Dr. Sheena Cruickshank, expert for immune diseases at the University of Manchester, says that antibiotics have a key role in treating bacterial infections.
If they are used properly, can save lives, reports “Daily Mail”.