Study: Pill Increases Breast Cancer Risk by 9.5%

Holy Hormones Journal: This study posted in the Indian Journal of Cancer is pivotal. Although the study only included 640 women, the results are startling. Other factors like premature puberty, late marriage, a decrease in breastfeeding – also influenced the outcome of the study. Seems our western lifestyle now being adapted across the world in causing severe hormone imbalance in our Indian sisters.  What the study did not consider – are other environmental factors such as BPA in plastics, and other estrogen mimickers found in fertilizers, meats, perfumes, makeup, and household cleaning solvents. The endocrine system has been severely damage affecting the health and well being of women around the world.

The pill can kill: AIIMS study

The Times of India
January 2, 2014
Durgesh Nandan Jha, TNN


the pillNEW DELHI: Women who take oral contraceptives regularly are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer compared to others, shows a study by AIIMS doctors. Breast cancer risk was found to be 9.5 times more in women with a history of consuming such pills. Early menstruation cycle, late marriage and lower duration of breastfeeding were the other major factors responsible for the disease among Indians, according to the study published in the latest issue of the Indian Journal of Cancer.

The study was conducted on 640 women, of which 320 were breast cancer patients. “We found long-term use of oral contraceptive pills (OCP) higher among those suffering from breast cancer-11.9%-compared to healthy individuals-1.2%,” said Dr Umesh Kapil, a professor at the public health nutrition unit, AIIMS. He said breast cancer is caused by repeated exposure of breast cells to circulating ovarian hormones, and long-term use of OCPs, which contain estrogen and progesterone, may be increasing this risk by causing hormonal imbalance.

The study mostly had women who used OCPs for birth control. Emergency contraceptives, popularly called morning-after pills, were not included. Dr Ajeet Singh Bhadoria, a public health specialist and co-author of the study, said that while the use of OCPs for birth control is on the decline, there has been a spike in the use of morning-after pills. “Morning-after pills contain a higher dose of hormones and are meant for emergency. However, many young women use them regularly to prevent pregnancy in case of unprotected sex. Awareness about the side-effects of long-term use is a must,” he said.

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Nature intended females to procreate. In a Stone Age setting, women would never have seen a period. Either they would be too young or too old, or pregnant, breast feeding or starving. Many gynaecological problems arise from the fact that modern woman does not live this evolutionarily correct lifestyle! I have every sympathy for this! But trying to buck the trend has created a whole host of problems.

The greatest group of problems have been caused by the contraceptive Pill and HRT. These interventions are major risk factors for heart disease, arterial disease, cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome – to name a few.

A regular menstrual cycle, free from pre-menstrual tension, resulting in a short sharp period, is an indicator of good hormonal status. Hormones are exquisitely sensitive to micronutrient status. Anything, therefore, which deviates from this pattern suggests either micronutrient deficiency, dietary problems, thyroid disorder, or some sort of toxic stress. Not my words but the words of Arthur and Margaret Wynn, life long researchers in nutrition and womens’ health.

Mammals evolved walking around on four legs. Although moving to the upright stance has many evolutionary advantages, it brings particular problems for the female anatomy because it very much increases the tendency for prolapse. Keeping slim, fit and strong and exercising regularly is protective against this tendency.

Recurrent vaginal thrush and other such irritations are probably a long term result of western lifestyles, including diets which are high in refined carbohydrate and sugar, a tendency to use hormones, and antibiotics. This makes women more prone to yeast infection, i.e. thrush, and if these become persistent one can sensitise to them. This is tiresome because exposure to yeast in another department (for example, eating a yeasty food) can cause vaginal symptoms – see Yeast problems and candida. Also see Irritable Bladder Syndrome or Allergic Bladder


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