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Birth control pills linked to increased risk of breast cancer

“Studies of older birth control pills have shown “a net cancer benefit” because of lowered risk of cancer of the colon, uterus and ovaries despite a raised breast cancer risk, said Mia Gaudet, a breast cancer epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society” writes Carla K for independent.co.uk. Current and recent use of hormonal contraceptives was associated with a 20 percent increased risk of breast cancer.But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly raise the risk of breast cancer, especially with long-term use.Researchers found a similar breast cancer risk with the progestin-only intrauterine device, and they couldn’t rule out a risk for other hormonal contraceptives like the patch and the implant.But the overall increased risk was small, amounting to one extra case of breast cancer among 7,700 women using such contraceptives per year.
 
Source: independent.co.uk



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