Birth Control and Breast Cancer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/1/02

Birth Control and Breast Cancer

For years doctors have heard some patients say they are afraid to take birth control pills because of a possible link to breast cancer. If you are one of those, you might be interested in a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. It says no matter your weight, age, or color, that there is no link between breast cancer and the pill.

"What this particular study also showed is that even patients with familial risk for breast cancer can safely go on birth control pills without having a concern for a link between the birth control pill and the breast cancer," says Dr. Ramin Mirhashemi, an OB/GYN.

The study questioned more than 9,000 women between the ages of 35 and 64, half of them with breast cancer, the other half did not have breast cancer. The study found that those women who took oral contraceptives no matter how long or in what dosage. They did not have a higher risk of getting breast cancer. Instead, the study found the pill has other beneficial effects like decreasing the risk of ovarian cancer and decreasing the risk of cancer of the lining of the uterus.

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