Taking the Pill can cut cancer risk

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  • Taking the Pill cuts the risk of cancer

    Women who take the Pill reduce the risk of getting cancer later in life, according to one of the largest ever studies undertaken.

    The study of 46,000 women conducted over a 36-year period found those who used the contraceptive for up to eight years were less likely to suffer from the disease.

    The conclusion will restore confidence in millions of women who took the Pill 30 to 40 years ago and are now of an age when the risks are growing.

    The study by researchers at the University of Aberdeen found that overall the cancer risk was up to 12% lower for women who took the Pill. Women suffered lower rates of bowel and rectal cancer, uterine cancer and ovarian cancer. Whilst up to 29% of those studied had a reduced risk of developing one of the main gynaecological cancers.

    However those women who used the Pill for more than eight years were at a higher risk of developing cancer. These women were particularly at risk from cervical and central nervous system cancer.

    Professor Phillip Hannaford who carried out the research was optimistic about the findings which were published in the British Medical Journal.

    ‘These results show that the Pill was not associated with an overall increased risk of any cancer,’ he said.

    ‘These findings will probably reassure most Pill users living in the UK and their doctors.’

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