Tags: Cancer | laxatives | cancer | risk

Watchdog Group: Laxatives Hike Cancer Risk

Watchdog Group: Laxatives Hike Cancer Risk
(Copyright DPC)

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:30 AM

European food safety officials issued a warning on Tuesday about potential health problems, including an increased risk of some cancers, linked to long-term use of laxatives such as senna and rhubarb extract.

Laxatives often contain hydroxyanthracenes, a class of substances found in roots, outer leaves, seed and bark of plants such as aloe, rhubarb or senna.

Evidence from animal studies suggests some of these substances can cause cancer of the intestine, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) said in a statement.

It said it was not able to set a safe daily intake limit, but repeated its earlier advice against long-term use and consumption at high doses.

In 2013, EFSA found that hydroxyanthracene derivatives in food can improve bowel function, but warned against overuse.

© 2019 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Health-News
European food safety officials issued a warning about potential health problems, including an increased risk of some cancers, linked to long-term use of certain laxatives.
laxatives, cancer, risk
124
2018-30-23
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:30 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Read Newsmax Terms and Conditions of Service.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved