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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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it 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


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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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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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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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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


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