Ovarian Cancer Risk Slashed by the Pill

A new study found that women who take birth control pills for a decade lower their risk of getting ovarian cancer.

On the other hand – BCP’s raise the incidence of cervical cancer – and we are now beginning to see that Gardasil is a vaccine gone bad…..Why are they poisoning our girls? Isn’t this the  the same type of  ‘One Less Girl’ campaign – except now the pill pushers are using it? LB

ABC News

By (@JaneEAllenABC) , ABC News Medical Unit
Oct. 27, 2011

Early detection of ovarian cancer remains elusive but, in the meantime, women can significantly reduce their risk of this feared malignancy by using birth control pills and having babies.

Women who take the pill for 10 years nearly halve their risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to a large study that followed about 300,000 European women for an average of nine years.

The study, published this week in the British Journal of Cancer, confirmed findings of previous studies, including a large review in 2008, which reported that so-called “ever use” of the pill is protective. Authors of the latest study said ever-users of oral contraceptives had a 15 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer than never-users, but women who took the pill for a decade or more slashed their risk 45 percent.

Put another way, the researchers found about 15 ovarian cancer cases for every 100,000 women who took the pill for at least a decade, compared with about 28 ovarian cancer cases for every 100,000 women on the pill a year or less.

Women need to individualize their decisions based upon their family history and other risk factors. The pill’s protective effect on the ovaries could be particularly important to women with ovarian cancer in their family, but they might want to weigh the protection against increased breast cancer risk associated with hormonal contraceptives. But the breast cancer risk “disappears after use has stopped,” according to a statement from Cancer Research UK, which co-sponsored the new study.

“The data on breast cancer and oral contraceptives is still conflicting,” Dr. James Speyer, medical director of the NYU Langone Clinical Cancer Center, said Wednesday. “For most women, it does not pose significant risk. For those with strong family histories, they may wish to consider possible increased risk.”

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.