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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?

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

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

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


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Can hormone fluctuations cause ovarian cancer? Can wild hormone fluctuations due to PMS or birth control pills cause ovarian cancer? .

Can hormone fluctuations cause ovarian cancer? Can wild hormone fluctuations due to PMS or birth control pills cause ovarian cancer?

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No: The cause of ovarian cancer is unknown. But oral contraceptives certainly do not cause it. In fact there is some degree of protection provided in women who have taken oral birth control pills. ...Read more

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Are there any birth control pills that won't cause forms of reproductive cancers?

Are there any birth control pills that won't cause forms of reproductive cancers?

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 more

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Why do doctors prescibe birth control pills since they cause cancer?

Why do doctors prescibe birth control pills since they cause cancer?

Because they do not.: There is no evidence that birth control pills cause cancer - the opposite is true; they prevent ovarian cancer on long-term use. ...Read more

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Since I take birth control pills can I still get cervial cancer?

Since I take birth control pills can I still get cervial cancer?

Yes: Birth control pills do not prevent cervical or any other cancer. You should get PAP smear done. You are still young enough to take HPV vaccination and I would recommend that you take the vaccination as that can prevent many cervical cancers. ...Read more

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Can giving a 12 year old birth control pills increase her chance of getting cancer?

Can giving a 12 year old birth control pills increase her chance of getting cancer?

No: Pills are not associated with an increase in cancer. If the twelve year ols has not finished growing, the hormones in the pills will stop her growth. Do not give the child the pills unless prescribed by her doctor to prevent her from being shorter than she should. ...Read more

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What is the link between cervical cancer and birth control pills?

What is the link between cervical cancer and birth control pills?

Behavior: People on birth control pills use condoms less and are, therefore, more likely to get a human papilloma virus which can cause cervical cancer. The main cause for cervical cancer is the human papilloma virus. ...Read more

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Will spironolactone and birth control pills increase chance of getting cancer in females?

Will spironolactone and birth control pills increase chance of getting cancer in females?

No: In fact oral contraceptives has been found to decrease your chanes of ovarian cancer the longer you take it.If you have a long history of irregular periods the regulation with OC could also decrease the chances of endometrial cancer. ...Read more

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Does the cervical cancer shot help reduce the risk for cervical cancer from taking birth control pills?

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 more

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Is it safe for a cancer patient to eat birth control pills ?

Is it safe for a cancer patient to eat birth control pills ?

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

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Does long term use of birth control pills really decrease the chances of ovarian and uterine cancers ? If so, by how much and how does it do that?

Yes.: Combination birth control pills reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and uterine cancers. Similar to multiple pregnancies and breastfeeding. They quiet the ovaries from all the activity of ovulating, stimulation. They help shed the lining of the uterus. ...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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Can the cervical cancer shot counter the increased risk for cervical cancer from taking birth control pills?

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

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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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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

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


Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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