Study Reveals Birth Control Pills Contribute To Breast Cancer
One of the most dreaded diseases and cause of women mortality today is the risk of having a breast cancer. According to a large study that was published on Wednesday, it is found that there is a small but significant increase in the risk for breast cancer for women who rely on contraceptive devices and birth control pills. Women believe that the modern hormonal contraceptives or birth control pills are safer than the ones that were used in early generations of women, which had higher estrogen doses.
In the study conducted about the increasing risk cancer, researchers have followed 1.8 million Danish women for more than ten years.
This overturned the spread of former assumptions about modern contraceptives for the recent generations of women. It didn’t matter if it was made earlier or later. There are 68 cases of breast cancer annually for every 100,000 women, 55 of which are non-users of contraceptives. The published study indicates an estimate that for every 100,000 women, there are 13 additional cases of breast cancer in a year with the use of hormone contraceptive.
The link between birth control pills and breast cancer have already been established years ago, however, this is the first study that examined the associated risk with the present formulations of contraceptives that have been made in a large population. There are a few differences in the risks between the formulations that have been found by the study. Turning to intrauterine implants and intrauterine devices that release a hormone directly into the uterus does not guarantee women that they are protected.
The hormone progestin is widely used in today’s birth control methods. However, researchers suggested that progestin may cause the increased risk for breast cancer.
According to Dr. Marisa Weiss, founder of the website breastcancer.org and oncologist but not involved in the study, pointed out the significance of the study since we had no idea about the difference of the modern day pills with the earlier pills when it comes to breast cancer. We don’t even know about intrauterine devices and that the lower dose of hormone meant a decreased risk of cancer as assumed by Gynecologists. But it was found that the elevated risk is still there.
The doctor also added that the small but measurable number of women could add up to a million when you count all the other women taking the pill which makes it a significant health concern for the public. There is a limit with the study, authors have said that they could not include some factors such as alcohol consumption, physical activity, breastfeeding that can also cause risk of having breast cancer. An emphasis about the hormonal contraceptives for many women being highly effective and accessible as an option, and one of the safest means of birth control have been made by the officials and with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists but stated that they would carefully evaluate the new findings.
Despite the newfound information on the risks, experts have also noted that the oral birth controls have some benefits. It reduces the risk of colorectal, ovarian, and endometrial cancers in the future.
The A.C.O.G vice president for practice activities, Dr. Chris Zahn also acknowledged the link between the hormone use and breast cancer. Still, he urged the women concerned with the connection that it is still advisable to consult a trusted medical provider before making any changes. He pointed out the significance of the women’s personal choice of contraceptive that is comfortable enough for them.
Dr. Weiss suggested that the older women could opt change in contraception to hormone-free birth control methods like I.U.D. that does not release hormones. She also urged by saying that women have a choice and should pursue other possible options.
David J. Hunter, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at the University of Oxford, made a commentary in the New Journal of Medicine about the new study that it did not find that any modern contraceptives were free from risks. The hope of having contemporary preparations would lower the risk unless was proven otherwise by this study.
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