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Breast cancer : how long and how much exposure to the pill or hormone treatment causes it?
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Pill OK ERT not sur
Most studies show that birth control pills do not increase the risk of breast cancer.
Prolonged usage of post-menopausal ert probably increases risk. For most women short term ( a few years) of ert to help menopausal symptoms is probably safe (unless you are at high risk), but i recommend decreasing dosage after 2-4 years and trying to get off estrogen altogether unless symptoms are intolerable.

In brief: Pill OK ERT not sur
Most studies show that birth control pills do not increase the risk of breast cancer.
Prolonged usage of post-menopausal ert probably increases risk. For most women short term ( a few years) of ert to help menopausal symptoms is probably safe (unless you are at high risk), but i recommend decreasing dosage after 2-4 years and trying to get off estrogen altogether unless symptoms are intolerable.
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Small risks
The birth control pill for a premenopausal woman and hormone therapy for a postmenopausal woman are completely different situations.
In the former there is no increased risk of breast cancer. In the latter there is probably a small measurable increased risk after 4 years but it is not clear how that is affected by the types and routes of administration of the estrogen and progesterone.

In brief: Small risks
The birth control pill for a premenopausal woman and hormone therapy for a postmenopausal woman are completely different situations.
In the former there is no increased risk of breast cancer. In the latter there is probably a small measurable increased risk after 4 years but it is not clear how that is affected by the types and routes of administration of the estrogen and progesterone.
Dr. Timothy Brown
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