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Does the risk of breast cancer associated with birth control pills vary by age?

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Research says the risk of breast cancer associated with birth control pills varies by age. A study of more than 100,000 women found that the risk of breast cancer was greatest among those 45 and over who were still on the pill. This group was nearly one-and-a-half times more likely to get breast cancer as women who had never used the pill.

But experts say many of the women were using older birth control pills that had higher hormone doses. Today's lower-dose pills are thought to ease this risk.

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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