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Do Birth Control Pills Cause Cancer
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
Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more
Can hormone fluctuations cause ovarian cancer? Can wild hormone fluctuations due to PMS or birth control pills cause ovarian cancer?
Yes: Birth control pills prevent ovarian and endometrial cancers. Cervical cancer is increased due to most pill users do not use condoms and are more at risk for hpv infection which can cause cervical cancer. There is a small increase in breast cancer with more than 10 years use, but these patients tend to have a much less aggressive form o breast cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does the cervical cancer shot help reduce the risk for cervical cancer from taking birth control pills?
Kind of: Birth control pills can increase the risk of cervical cancer in a round about way. If you have unprotected sex (don't use a condom) because you figure you're safe on the pill to do so, then you may contract the hpv virus which can cause cervical cancer. The vaccine can reduce the chance of you catching this virus. The moral is, birth control pill or not, use a condom to reduce your risk of std's. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: If the cancer is an estrogen dependent cancer, then the risk of pregnancy has to be balanced with the contraceptive pill's estrogen contribution to further cancer enhancement. If it is not an estrogen dependent cancer, then the use of the pill prevents an unwanted pregnancy in the midst of a serious medical life condition and its' use is very prudent. ...Read more
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
Can the cervical cancer shot counter the increased risk for cervical cancer from taking birth control pills?
Much more than!: The increased risk of cervical cancer from use of birth control is tiny, if at all, depending on what studies you read. However, the hpv vaccine reduces your risk of cervical cancer by 75-80%, so it is way better! you figure if there is an increased risk of 1-2% from birth control pills, or even it was as much as a 5-10% difference, (which no way it is), then the vaccine really wins out. ...Read more
Why do birth control pills and childbirth continue to protect against uterine cancer for years after you stop taking the pills or give birth?
Please tell me if it is true that birth control pills gives you a higher chance to get breast cancer?
It may ^ risk: Slightly.Get a more detailed answer ›
I was on the pill for over 10 years, is that helpful to prevent ovarian cancer? I was on birth control pills for over 10 years of my life, probably 21 years old to about 31, 32 years old. I just heard that the pill can prevent ovarian cancer up to 50% whi
I : I can understand your concern, but please do not restart the pills without talking with your gynecologist. After a certain age, birth control pills can be risky, including for women with any cardiovascular risk factors (for stroke, heart attack, etc), and especially in women who are smokers or if they happen to be overweight. Please see your doctor and have an examination and discuss your risk factors for oral contraceptives. ...Read more
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
Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more
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