The Pill & Ovarian Cancer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/24/08

The Pill & Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer kills 15,000 women every year. Now, there's news that "the pill", which is already widely used, may help protect against this silent killer. This information comes after a survey of 45 studies involving more than 100,000 women concluded that women who took the pill for just five years cut their risk of ovarian cancer in half.

Jeanne Calle, M.D. with the American Cancer Society said, "that protection seems to last quite a long time.  It seems to last out 20 even 30 years after pill use has stopped."

The American Cancer Society says the effect is so strong that, worldwide, oral contraceptives may have already prevented 100,000 ovarian cancer deaths and will likely prevent tens of thousands more in the coming years.

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