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Study Shows Birth Control Pill May Reduce Risk of Some Cancers

A British study showed that use of the contraceptive pill does not increase the risk for cancer, and may actually reduce the risk of some types of cancer. Researchers, lead by Professor Philip Hannaford, studied the records of 46,000 women over a 36-year period and compared the half of the sample of women who began taking the pill in 1968 to the half who had never taken it.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal concluded that, overall, there was no increased risk of cancer to those who had taken contraceptive pills. In fact, there was up to a 12% risk reduction in some cases, with significantly lower rates of colon, uterine body, and ovarian cancers.

Sources:

Reuters 9/12/07; Science Daily 9/11/07; BBC News 9/11/07

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