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Will a woman who took the original bc pills have higher risk of breast cancer?

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Dr. Deanna Attai
Breast Surgery
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In brief: Maybe

The "original" birth control pills, introduced in the 1960's, had a much higher level of hormones compared to modern pills, introduced in the 1980's.
The older pills might increase the risk of developing breast cancer, but newer versions have not been shown to significantly increase risk.A decision to take any hormone medication should be made with your physician, taking into account your history.

In brief: Maybe

The "original" birth control pills, introduced in the 1960's, had a much higher level of hormones compared to modern pills, introduced in the 1980's.
The older pills might increase the risk of developing breast cancer, but newer versions have not been shown to significantly increase risk.A decision to take any hormone medication should be made with your physician, taking into account your history.
Dr. Deanna Attai
Dr. Deanna Attai
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: Controversial

Many studies have been published trying to make a connection between bcp use and breast cancer.
The two largest studies showed contradictory results, with one noting a slightly increased risk, and the other none. In the former, the risk seemed to go away after 10 years off bcps. For more information, check the following: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/oral-contraceptives.

In brief: Controversial

Many studies have been published trying to make a connection between bcp use and breast cancer.
The two largest studies showed contradictory results, with one noting a slightly increased risk, and the other none. In the former, the risk seemed to go away after 10 years off bcps. For more information, check the following: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/oral-contraceptives.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
The underlying concept is estrogens may "promote" devlopment of cancer, as opposed to "cause." A longitudinal study may not detect this. A prospective study would need an IUD control group, rrdqokire
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