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Does birth control cause cancer?

Does birth control cause cancer?

Possibly: Studies have shown that the use of birth control pills may increase the risk of developing breast and cervical cancer, but may actually decrease the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer. ...Read more

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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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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

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What happens if you smoke while taking birth control. Can that cause cancer?

What happens if you smoke while taking birth control. Can that cause cancer?

Bad things: Smoking while on birth control pills can cause deep vein thrombosis-blood clots usually found in leg veins. These can break off and go to the lungs-pulmonary embolism-and be deadly. If you are concerned with cancer, i recommend you seek help with smoking cessation. Tobacco is responsible for many types of cancer and other terrible diseases. ...Read more

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I'm 37 and i've been taking birth control for 11yrs . Is there a health risk for taking pills for so many yrs. Can it cause cancer also thank?

Yes less so with modern birth-control: Modern birth-control pills are very low dose compared to the oral contraceptives of yesterday. They are generally safe however there are complications from birth controls especially in smokers! deep vein thrombosis as well as endometrial hyperplasia and less commonly endometrial cancer. ...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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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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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


Dr. Tanya Russo
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more