Birth Control Linked to Increased Cancer Risk
Women who have used oral or injectable birth control have a higher risk of developing invasive breast cancer, a new study suggests.
According to ABC News, the new study, which was published in PLoS Medicine, used self-reported information from 5,702 black women in South Africa who were recently diagnosed with cervical, breast endometrial or ovarian cancers. Of the women in the study, 1,492 did not have a history of taking any form of birth control.
Researchers found that women who took birth control were 1.4 times more likely to develop cervical cancer and 1.7 times more likely to develop breast cancer when compared to women who had never taken the pills. They also found that the risk diminished after a woman stopped taking birth control.
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