Breast cancer & birth control: Is there a link?
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds birth control may increase a woman's risk of breast cancer by as much as 38%.
Here's what's new: this study focused on newer, low-dose hormone pills and devices.
We read through the findings to help break it down for you.
Researchers studied 1.8 million women under the age of 50, for nearly eleven years.
Women who had been taking hormonal contraceptives longer, had a higher risk of breast cancer.
Those taking hormonal contraceptives for under one year, had a 9% increased risk.
Some women taking hormonal contraceptives for more than ten years had an increased risk of 38%.
Researchers found women who'd been on the pill, or another method of birth control, for more than five years still had a risk of getting breast cancer for at least five years after stopping.
Doctors aren't telling women to stop using hormonal contraceptives ASAP.
Some suggest women in their late 30s and 40s discuss non-hormonal options with their physician.
Doctors quoted in numerous articles are also pointing out that hormonal contraceptives, especially birth control pills, lower the risk of other cancers later in life. These include ovarian, endometrial and colorectal cancers.
Our best advice is to talk to your doctor about your concerns, risks and options so that you know you're making the best choice for your body.
Read the complete study on breast cancer and birth control here.