Use Of Some Laxatives Increases The Risk Of Colon Cancer

October 9, 2014 10:29 PM

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Use Of Some Laxatives Increases The Risk Of Colon Cancer

Recent findings published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology show that the type of laxative a person takes may influence the risk of colon cancer--a health issue that's estimated to be the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

"I was just surprised to see such a strong association between laxative use and colorectal cancer risk," said lead study author Jessica Citronberg, a predoctoral fellow at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, in a news release. I didn't expect the results to be as strong as they were."

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