Researchers from the University of São Paulo (USP) in partnership with the University of Trento, in Italy, identified 16 bacteria related to bowel cancer .
These bacteria are only present in the intestinal flora of people who have the disease, regardless of the diet or the region in which the person lives.
Experts believe that, with this discovery, tests can be carried out to detect the disease at an early stage.
Still, scholars still do not know whether these bacteria could be the cause of bowel cancer. Therefore, more research is recommended.
For the study, the feces of 969 people with and without cancer were analyzed. Those surveyed were from different countries: France, Japan, China, United States, Germany, Italy and Canada.
The research was published in the journal Nature .
According to the National Cancer Institute (INCA), about 36,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2018 in Brazil.