Surprising Breast Cancer Link
The authors offer several explanations for the association between antibiotic use and breast cancer. One hypothesis suggests that since antibiotics affect the bacteria in the intestines, certain anti-carcinogenic foods may not be broken down or utilized as well in the body when antibiotics are used.
"These study results do not mean that women should stop using antibiotics to treat bacterial infections", stressed Taplin. "Until we understand more about the association between antibiotics and cancer, people should take into account the substantial benefits that antibiotics can have, but should continue to use these medicines wisely."