The Breast Cancer and Contraceptive Pill Link: Let’s Have Some Context

August 7, 2014 11:20 PM

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The Breast Cancer and Contraceptive Pill Link: Let’s Have Some Context

New research suggests what at first glance is a startling increase in the chances of developing breast cancer if a woman uses the particularly high-estrogen versions of the contraceptive pill, but it’s important to put these findings in context.

Researchers from the American Association for Cancer Research, publishing in the journal Cancer Research, looked at the health data and contraceptive history of more than 1,000 women sampled from 1990 to 2009 who used birth control pills and had been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer between the...

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