Are antibiotics the cause of rising colorectal deaths amongst the young?

Are antibiotics the cause of rising colorectal deaths amongst the young?
 
In America, alarm is spreading over the increased rates of death from colorectal cancer in adults under the age of 50.  And the ‘surprised’ medical profession is pointing the finger at a lack of screening for younger people.
 
While screening would help spot the disease at an early stage, ultimately this is not the cause of the increase in numbers. 
 
Over the last 9 months, we have seen several research studies showing a heightened risk of both colon cancer and rectal cancer where people have combatted food poisoning with drugs, or have had antibiotics for prolonged periods,” says Chris Woollams, former Oxford University Biochemist and founder of CANCERactive.  “I really cannot see why the medical profession is surprised or in doubt about the reasons”.
Go to: Colorectal cancer linked to taking antibiotics
 
The new study in JAMA (August 2017) showed that people born in 1990 have twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer than people born in 1950.
 
This research was conducted in the USA, but numbers have been following the same patterns in the UK.  Little attention has been paid to the importance of gut bacteria in overall health.  This generation has fed them badly, and they have been constantly peppered with antibiotics and drugs, whether from doctors or in food.  Course there are people who bizarrely point to screening and claim this is the reason we are discovering more cases.  But screening isn’t used in younger people, and certainly wouldn’t account for the increases in death rates.  We need to realise that antibiotics are dangerous drugs and stop handing them out like sweets, especially to the young”, adds Woollams.

 

 

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