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Women on Pill at Higher Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

Posted on 26 March 2009 by admin

Today one in every eight women in the United States develops breast cancer.
Between 1940 and 1982, there was a steady increase of about 1% per year in the incidence of invasive breast cancer;
Between 1973 and 1982, the rate of in situ breast cancer increased about 2% per year;
Between 1982 and 1988, the rate of in situ breast cancer increased dramatically about 28% per year;
Between 1988 and 1996, the rate of in situ breast cancer has continued to increase about 6% per year.
bcThere have been three major studies conducted to determine the link between breast cancer and the pill and here are their conclusions:

Researcher: Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer
Year: 1996
Number of participants: 150,000
Conclusion: Women who were current or recent users of birth control pills had a slightly elevated risk of developing breast cancer

Researcher: Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer
Year: 2002
Number of participants: 4,575
Conclusion: Factors such as longer periods of use, higher doses of estrogen,
initiation of OC use before age 20, and OC use by women with a family
history of breast cancer were not associated with an increased risk of
the disease

Researcher: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Year: 2003
Number of participants: 1300
Conclusion: The risk of developing breast cancer is highest for women who used OCs within 5 years prior to diagnosis, particularly in the younger group.

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