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Europe’s safety watchdog says laxatives may increase cancer risk

LONDON: 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. Read More: ‘Inflammatory’ diet linked to higher risk of colon cancer Evidence from animal studies suggests some of these substances can cause cancer of the…