Research studies that have examined the use of birth control pills and breast cancer have shown some conflicting results, and that is related to many factors, such as, a woman’s family history of breast cancer, the period of using the oral contraceptives, and others.
Anyhow, women mainly use one of two popular types of oral contraceptives:
– The Combined Pill: it is the most common type, consists of two female hormones, estrogen and progestogen.
–The Mini-Pill: this pill only contains progestogen.
Studies have shown that combined pills slightly increase the woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, but whenever a woman stopped using them for more than 10 years, the risk would go back to normal.
Combined pills also reduce the woman’s risk of ovarian and womb cancers, combined pills as well offer protective advantages for women, these protective advantages are better the longer a woman takes the combined pill, also the protective results continue for decades after she stops taking it.
Overall, the protective effects of using oral contraceptives outweigh the increased risk of developing breast cancer, even on average the level of protection is bigger than the extra risk. Bear in mind that while the pill could increase the risk of breast and cervical cancers, there are many early detection tools for both these cancers, which will examine the lump early, then cure chances will be high and effective.
While all pills have side effects, your doctor could help you to make an informed choice about which birth control method you should be using.
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