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Research from scientists* across the University of South Carolina and several collaborators from the Baylor College of Medicine has found a link between long-term antibiotic exposure and increased progression of colorectal cancer. Led by Anindya Chanda, assistant professor of environmental health sciences, James Carson, professor and chair of exercise science, and investigators with the USC Center for Colon Cancer Research, the study was published in Cancer Medicine.

The researchers examined the effects of long-term antibiotic exposure on gut microbiota and found an increase in polyps and tumors in the intestinal tract. These results suggest that the antibiotics eliminated the majority of bacterial flora in the gut.

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(Courtesy of Arnold School of Public Health)