Study connects antibiotic use to breast cancer

Neustaedter, Randall
September 2004
Mothering;Sep/Oct2004, Issue 126, p25
Antibiotics are used to heal, but new research connecting them to breast cancer implies that they can also harm. In a study of more than 2,000 women with breast cancer compared to nearly 8,000 controls, the use of antibiotics was more common among those with breast cancer. This association was true for different classes of antibiotics; the risk was the same for women who used antibiotics for respiratory infections and women who were prescribed antibiotics for rosacea. The authors of the study questioned whether the antibiotics caused the breast cancer, or whether the underlying immune weakness that led to an increased need for antibiotics may have predisposed these women to the disease.


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