Long-term use of birth control pills linked to higher risk of brain tumors, study finds

January 22, 2015 9:07 AM

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Long-term use of birth control pills linked to higher risk of brain tumors, study finds

Taking certain forms of birth control for over five years more than doubles the risk of developing a rare brain tumor, a study led by a Danish neurologist has found.

The study, due to be published Thursday in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, says that women who take hormonal contraceptives showed higher rates of glioma, a tumor that affects around five people in every 100,000.

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