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is there a connection between hormonal birth control and breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Women who use birth control pills (bcps) are at a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer yet this risk seems to disappear if you stop the medication more than 10 years previously and have not developed cancer during that decade. In contrast, bcps may lower the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Like all medications, there are risks v. Benefits that should be discussed with your doctor.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Perhaps: It would depend on the type of birth control. There may be an increased risk in those with unopposed estrogen. (no progesterone).

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Are thyroid nodules less likely to be cancerous when I have been taking Synthroid (thyroxine) for 20 years?

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Dr. Robert Lang
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