Monday, June 2, 2008

Oral birth control pills shown to lower cancer risk

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It's something that many women would cheer about -- the use of oral contraceptives actually lowers overall cancer risk as a side effect.

A 12 percent decrease in cancer risk was the conclusion of a very large study that looked at the correlation between oral contraceptives and cancer, as over 46,000 women were tracked over four decades since oral contraceptives began to be widely used in the late 1960s.

However, an increase in cervical cancer risk was found in women who had taken birth control pills for eight years or longer.
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[Source: The Cancer Blog]

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