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My family has a history of breast cancer. Should I take birth control pills?

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A study found that women with a strong family history of breast cancer may have a higher risk of breast cancer if they’ve taken the pill. But the study involved mainly women who took the pill before 1975, when it had higher levels of estrogen and progestin.

Those with a family history of breast cancer related BRCA gene mutations should use caution before taking birth control pills. Discuss any family history of cancer with your doctor when deciding whether to use them.

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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