Colon cancer might be a matter of gut ecology. We all have billions of bacteria living in our intestines. For the most part, when we have enough good bacteria they work hard for us. But scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found a link between bad bacteria and the risk of colon polyps and colon cancer. The samples taken from people undergoing colonoscopies showed that people with adenomas were more likely to have Proteobacteria living in their digestive tracts. The investigators suggest that this work may lead to new ways to detect and possibly prevent colon cancer.
[Gut Microbes, May/June, 2010]

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  1. mp
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    This seems reason enough to keep eating the yogurts with live & active bacteria.

  2. Robin
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    Does that mean that taking the proper beneficial probiotics would crowd out the “bad” bacteria and thus help prevent colon cancer?
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: THAT MIGHT BE TRUE, BUT STUDIES WILL BE REQUIRED TO SEE IF IT REALLY IS SO.

  3. SNH
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    Very interesting study. Hopefully follow-on studies will give us some information about dietary or other measures that could reduce the effect.

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