Birth Control Preventing Cancer

Piper Johnson, Staff Writer

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Studies are showing that women who use hormone-based birth control methods are experiencing a lesser risk of getting cancer when they are older.  Oral contraceptives have shown to reduce the occurrence of reproductive cancers.  In The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists have studied data from 1.8 million women between the ages of 15 and 49 for about eleven years.  They discovered that hormone-based birth control methods were linked to different cases of breast cancer among 100,000 women using birth control for a year.  However, the risk of actually getting breast cancer is slim and varies depending on the women’s age and genetics.  Scientists have said that the benefits outweigh the risks of birth control.  The benefits of hormone-based birth control are connected with a 33 percent reduced risk of developing endometrial and ovarian cancer, and a 20 percent reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer.  Researchers have found that these benefits have long term benefits that seemed to last more than thirty years after women have stopped taking the pill.  They did find that there is a greater risk of breast and cervical cancers with using oral contraceptives, but they found that the risk diminished within 5 years of no longer using it anymore.