Iron tablets taken by millions of women during pregnancy or to combat heavy periods may cause bowel cancer, study finds


Iron tablets taken by millions may cause bowel cancer, new research suggests.

Even low doses of the chemicals ferric citrate and ferric EDTA, which are commonly found in over-the-counter iron supplements, increase levels of a protein associated with the disease, a study found.

Lead author Professor Scheers,¬†from the Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, said: ‘We can conclude ferric citrate and ferric EDTA might be carcinogenic, as they both increase the formation of amphiregulin, a known cancer marker most often associated with long-term cancer with poor prognosis.’

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