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Does birth control cause breast cancer?

Does birth control cause breast cancer?

Slightly: A 1996 analysis of more than 50 studies worldwide by the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Ca found women who were current/recent users of birth control pills had a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who had never used the pill. The risk was highest for women starting oral contraceptives as teenagers. However, the risk was gone 10 years after stopping. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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

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

Perhaps: It would depend on the type of birth control. There may be an increased risk in those with unopposed estrogen. (no progesterone). ...Read more

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Does the birth control cryselle-28 up breast cancer risk? My dr said no but the more I read on Internet says yes

Does the birth control cryselle-28 up breast cancer risk? My dr said no but the more I read on Internet says yes

I say it does not: Here's the reality. Your physician is bound by law to tell the truth and give you the best science. Anybody can set up a website to scare you, and you are surely aware that epidemiology by its nature generates noise and junk. These folks make money by posing as your friends. They're not. Keep in mind the additional protection from ovarian cancer that an oral contraceptive offers. ...Read more

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The skin around my areola turned brown. I'm 18 and never been pregnant. I highly doubt I am pregnant since I'm on birth control. My grandma has breast cancer. Should I be worried about it?

The skin around my areola turned brown. I'm 18 and never been pregnant. I highly doubt I am pregnant since I'm on birth control. My grandma has breast cancer. Should I be worried about it?

No need to worry: Increases in estrogen levels can cause increased pigmentation in the arealae and genital area. Estrogen levels do increase during the teen years, so that is the probably answer. You might still check for pregnancy because birth control pills do not always prevent pregnancy (failure rate of 1-3%) but it is unlikely. Breast cancer in an 18 year old woman is distinctly unlikely-- you need not worry. ...Read more

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I recently changed birth control, and 3rd month taking it, my boobs started hurting. A prickly kinda hurt. They hurt 24/7. do I have breast cancer?

I recently changed birth control, and 3rd month taking it, my boobs started hurting. A prickly kinda hurt. They hurt 24/7. do I have breast cancer?

Very unlikely: It is very unlikely that you have breast cancer. If your symptoms continue, you should consult your doctor for change to a different pill.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Thinking of getting on birth control, but read it might increase the risk of cancer. History of breast cancer in family, what should I do, what's safe?

Risks worth it: The oral contraceptive pill greatly decreases your risk for ovarian cancer, and it is not a risk factor for breast cancer (it may perhaps protect). There are non-cancer risks but your physician can help you weigh these depending on your other life factors. I trust you are not a smoker. ...Read more

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How do birth control pills affect your risk of breast cancer?

How do birth control pills affect your risk of breast cancer?

Depends: You are thought to have a slight increased risk if you use the pill for over 10 years, although, some studies show that people who use birth control pills and develop breast cancer have a less aggressive form. ...Read more

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Do hormones from the birth control increase a woman's risk of developng breast cancer?

Do hormones from the birth control increase a woman's risk of developng breast cancer?

Possibly: The birth control pills that have unopposed estrogen have been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Although this remains controversial. ...Read more

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I have est/prog + breast cancer fixing to start chemo. What is a recommended birth control?

I have est/prog + breast cancer fixing to start chemo. What is a recommended birth control?

Condoms: The chemotherapy itself will probably turn your ovaries off, either temporarily or permanently, but it is too variable to know for sure. You should not add birth control pills or Progesterone iud during chemo for an estrogen sensitive cancer. Therefore, your best choices are condoms or a copper iud. ...Read more

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What to do to help prevent breast cancer after you start taking birth control pills?

What to do to help prevent breast cancer after you start taking birth control pills?

Be healthy: There is little to do to "prevent" breast cancer. Living a healthy active lifestyle, maintaining as lean a body weight as possible, not smoking and using alcohol only in moderation are reasonable choices no matter what. ...Read more

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What what kind of program should I be to prevent breast cancer other than take birth control pills?

What what kind of program should I be to prevent breast cancer other than take birth control pills?

No: Oral contraception doesn't cause cancer. Some breast cancers have receptors to estrogen and Progesterone so ocp should not be used only if the patient has a hx for breast cancer. Hope the info helps. ...Read more

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What birth control pill isn't recommended for people with a family history of breast cancer? Are any safe?

What birth control pill isn't recommended for people with a family history of breast cancer? Are any safe?

Varies: Depends who in your family had breast cancer. So make sure to get a detailed list of family members their relation to you and age at which they were diagnosed. Bring this info to your primary care provider to discuss. In the meantime, use condoms, they will also help to protect you from various infections. ...Read more

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I took the birth control pill for 8 years. Stopped two years ago. Am I at an increased risk of breast cancer now?

I took the birth control pill for 8 years. Stopped two years ago. Am I at an increased risk of breast cancer now?

No: The risk for breast cancer if you do not have a strong family history of breast cancer is very very low. Your bc pills are unlikely to increase your risk in the long term especially since you have stopped using them. ...Read more

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Can women go on birth control even though their mother has had breast cancer?

Can women go on birth control even though their mother has had breast cancer?

Yes: Bcp use is not associated with any significant incidence of breast cancer regardless of risk factors, however, certain breast cancers can grow in response to estrogen use. It is advised to begin cancer screening 10 years before your mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer. This should include yearly physician exam and mammography, ultrasound, and/or mri, depending on age and risk factors. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use birth control pills like celest for over a year? Does it caus breast cancer or any serious side effects?

Is it safe to use birth control pills like celest for over a year? Does it caus breast cancer or any serious side effects?

Yes it is safe: Birth control pills are widely used and considered safe in the short term (1-5 years). There is no serious concern about them causing any cancers. ...Read more

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I've taken birth control for two years. Does my risk of side serious effects (blood clots, breast cancer) increase the longer I take it?

I've taken birth control for two years. Does my risk of side serious effects (blood clots, breast cancer) increase the longer I take it?

Yes: Although the absolute risks of serious side effects and complications such as blood clots, strokes and heart attacks are statistically low, these risks do accumulate over time. Exercise, healthy diet, avoidance of smoking can all help to reduce the risks. The only way to eliminate the risks are to stop the hormone replacement and use a different form of contraception ...Read more

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I am currently taking Microgestin 21 1.5-30 as a birth control pill. Will the 30 mcg content of estrogen increase a risk of breast cancer?

I am currently taking Microgestin 21 1.5-30 as a birth control pill. Will the 30 mcg content of estrogen increase a risk of breast cancer?

Risks: Of breast cancer include age, family history, history of tobacco abuse and unopposed estrogen therapy, the last of which is only a negligible increase in risk. So, an increase in risk is unlikely ...Read more

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With history of breast cancer in my family, most doctors will not prescribe birth control pills to me. What options will not raise my risk for cancer?

With history of breast cancer in my family, most doctors will not prescribe birth control pills to me. What options will not raise my risk for cancer?

Have you asked?: Many women have a family member who has or has had breast cancer. You need to discuss this with your provider. I. e. The risk based on family history. You other options are an IUD, a diaphragm. ...Read more

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Can birth control pills cause cancer? My doctor says they are fine! My question is can they cause breast cancer or other cancers?

Not significant: Some studies suggest that use of birth control pills appears to slightly increase the risk of breast cancer, especially among younger women. However, the risk level goes back to normal 10 years or more after discontinuing oral contraceptive use.
Women who use oral contraceptives have reduced risks of ovarian and endometrial cancer. ...Read more

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My sister was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer at 42. No family history and she isbrca negative. Should I be on hormone free birth control?

My sister was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer at 42. No family history and she isbrca negative. Should I be on hormone free birth control?

It is the safest: There is no present scientific information to make a definitive conclusion. Sometimes it's difficult for us to agile a simple yes or no answer. However, I think that it would be the safest for you to avoid excessive estrogen in any medication you might take. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what would I feel or what would happen to my body if I take birth control pills and then morning after pill when I have breast cancer?

Could you tell me what would I feel or what would happen to my body if I take birth control pills and then morning after pill when I have breast cancer?

This does not make s: Your question does not make much sense to me. Do you now have breast cancer or you just imagining things? Once there is a diagnosis of breast cancer made, we ask patients to avoid taking hormone pills, if possible. ...Read more

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Is it too risky for me to take birth control pills? My mom's a breast cancer survivor. Is it worth it to take them?

Is it too risky for me to take birth control pills? My mom's a breast cancer survivor. Is it worth it to take them?

No major risks: Birth control pills do not cause breast cancer. So short term use for one or two years at a time is not likely to cause any significant problems. I think the benefit outweighs the risks.... Yet it is all relative and you only can decide what is best for you. ...Read more

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Mom had breast cancer, I used to drink a lot, I took birth control, Etc. I feel like my risk of breast ca is incredibly high. Prophylactic mastectomy?

Mom had breast cancer, I used to drink a lot, I took birth control, Etc. I feel like my risk of breast ca is incredibly high. Prophylactic mastectomy?

Not necessarily: Alcohol consumption over certain level may increase your risk to some degree and obviously family history does too but I would not go crazy thinking it's "incredibly high". I suggest you talk to your doc and ask to see a specialist in risk assessment to get a better estimate of your risk and maybe some tips on how to reduce it. Don't live in fear, my friend. Best to you. ...Read more

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Is it actually ok for a girl to be taking birth control pills if her mother had breast cancer?

Is it actually ok for a girl to be taking birth control pills if her mother had breast cancer?

Yes: Not all breast cancers are hereditary or with receptors to hormones. Because you are younger, the risk is smaller. But keep in mind, your risk for breast ca is higher than the population. My suggestion is cont with the pill but do monthly self breast checks and do your mammogram every 2 yrs if the history is birads 1 or 2. ...Read more

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My mom had estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, should I be taking birth control or getting pregnant?

My mom had estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, should I be taking birth control or getting pregnant?

It is your choice.: Even a family history of breast cancer should not stop you from having kids, especially if you are healthy and cancer free. There are also several treatment options for estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, like tamoxifen. Birth control is, of course, an option if you do not feel ready to have children yet, regardless of your family history. Get counseling from your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Are birth control pills for catamenial epilepsy contraindicated in case of family history of breast cancer and smoking? I am 41, have catamenial epilepsy, and it's been suggested that birth control pills could help. I tolerate aed's poorly, the side effec

Are birth control pills for catamenial epilepsy contraindicated in case of family history of breast cancer and smoking? I am 41, have catamenial epilepsy, and it's been suggested that birth control pills could help. I tolerate aed's poorly, the side effec

No: Birth control pills aren't contraindicate due to your family history of breast cancer. If you are still smoking, they may be contraindicated depending on your age. Be sure to ask your doctor about this. There is a higher risk of blood clots and stroke while on birth control pills. Be sure you understand the risks. It sounds like you might really benefit from them! ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more