STATES CHRONICLE – The older types of oral birth control contained plenty of estrogen, thus increasing the women’s risk of developing breast cancer. Now, the newer types of oral contraceptives have lower hormone doses, so they are safer. Even so, researchers have noticed there’s still a small risk associated with them, especially if they are taken for a longer period.
Oral birth control does increase the breast cancer risk, but not too much
Taking oral birth control is risky, as the quantity of hormones it contains might influence the development of breast cancer. After analyzing all the risk factors, researchers discovered they were similar to the ones put by intrauterine devices. However, when it came to other contraceptive methods which use hormones, they couldn’t establish how likely they were to cause cancer.
However, there’s no need to worry. There is a small increase in the cancer risk, but it doesn’t get a lot higher. For instance, among 7,700 women who take oral birth control, there was only one more cancer case per year. Whenever you want to opt for a contraceptive method, don’t forget to take into account the benefits of taking the pill, such as reducing the risk of other cancers.
Any kind of hormonal contraceptives are risky
As the hormone dose in newer oral birth control got smaller, people hoped the breast cancer risk might decrease as well. Unfortunately, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine came at everyone’s disappointment. A decrease is present, but it’s not too big.
For the study, researchers looked at the medical records of 1.8 million women from Denmark, with ages between 15 and 49. They analyzed their contraceptive use, cancer history, and several other medical information. There was an overall increase of 20 percent related to hormonal birth control, but it increased with prolonged use. All these treatments come with some risks, as they involve hormones, but it doesn’t mean that all of them are dangerous.
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