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Some Birth Control Pills May Up Breast Cancer Risk
Date:8/1/2014

While the researchers made a good attempt to answer the question about risks associated with different birth control formulas, ''the study has some flaws that are inherent in this type of study design," Vito said. For instance, they could not control for all factors that could increase breast cancer risk.

And, as the researchers also noted, the duration of time they evaluated was relatively brief.

The best advice for women taking birth control pills? " Talk to your doctor about considering a lower dose estrogen birth control pill that does not have the higher-risk progesterone in it," Vito said.

"Although these results suggest an increased risk of breast cancer, the many established health benefits associated with oral contraceptive use... must also be considered when making individual choices," wrote the study's authors.

The study's authors also pointed out that any potential increased risk likely goes down when a woman stops using birth control pills.

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To learn more about risks for breast cancer, visit American Cancer Society.

SOURCES: Courtney Vito, M.D., breast surgeon and assistant clinical professor of surgical oncology, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, Ca.; Elisabeth Beaber, Ph.D., M.P.H., staff scientist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle; Aug. 1, 2014 Cancer Research


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