Pill ‘cuts ovarian cancer risk’

How the pill has prevented more than 100,000 UK deaths

The contraceptive pill has prevented more than 100,000 UK deaths in the past 50 years, researchers claim.

A brand new study has shown that the pill is so effective at preventing ovarian cancer it has helped a generation of women avoid the disease.

Although the pill has also been linked with an increase in the risk of other cancers, medical professionals say the latest findings show the pill’s benefits far outweigh its failings.

‘All women who have taken the pill or are currently taking it should be reassured by this study,’ Cancer Research UK’s Dr Lesley Walker says.

Julie Bentley, from the FPA (formerly the Family Planning Association) adds: ‘This is great news for women as it is further assurance that the contraceptive pill provides lasting protection against ovarian cancer.’

The study, at Oxford University, took into account findings from more than 45 previous studies and is one of the most detailed pieces of research into the link between ovarian cancer and the pill to date.

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