All Birth Control Pills Raise Breast Cancer Risk

All Birth Control Pills Raise Breast Cancer Risk

Researchers reported Wednesday that even newer lower-dose birth control pills raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer, although the actual danger is “quite small.” Hormone-infused devices such as vaginal rings, implants and some IUDs also appear to raise the risk, although again not by much. It’s a disappointment to doctors who had hoped that lower doses of hormones in both oral and non-pill contraceptives might be safer than older birth control pills. But they stress there is no need for most women to abandon birth control pills for fear of breast cancer. Overall, the use of any hormone-based contraceptive for five years or more raised a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 20 percent. The risk of breast cancer ranged from a 9 percent increase among women who used birth control for a year or less, to a 38 percent greater risk if a woman used it for 10 years or more.


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