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Does taking birth control pills increase my risk of breast cancer?

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Studies of oral contraceptives and breast cancer have produced conflicting results, but most have not found an overall higher risk of breast cancer from the pill.

Scandinavian researchers saw more breast cancer in women who were taking or had recently taken birth control pills. Longer use of the pill seemed to raise the risk.

But a study done between 1994 and 1998 showed there was no higher risk of breast cancer in current or former users of birth control pills.

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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