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Do birth control pills cut the risk of any other cancers?

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The birth control pill’s protective effect against ovarian cancer is well-documented. The risk is reduced by up to 30%-50% among women taking the pills for at least 3 years. Studies show that as little as 6 months of use can dramatically cut the risk of ovarian cancer and that the protective effect increases the longer a woman is on the pill.

The studies also show a lower rate of endometrial cancer, and a study suggests oral contraceptives may also cut the risk of colorectal cancers.

SOURCES: The American Cancer Society.


 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 24, 2019

SOURCES: The American Cancer Society.


 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 24, 2019

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