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New research on birth control pills and ovarian cancer

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Interesting recent article about ovarian cancer prevention by using birth control pills. 


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The researchers concluded that women who had never used hormonal contraceptives had the highest incidence of ovarian cancer.

Specifically, the researchers found 7.5 cases per 100,000 person-years among the women who had never used birth control pills, whereas in the remaining groups of women, the incidence was 3.2 per 100,000 person-years.

This means, the authors explain, that the "use of hormonal contraception prevented 21 [percent] of ovarian cancers in the study population."

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I remember how, when I was young and on the birth control pill, the concern was a potential increase in strokes. Since vascular problems run in my family, I minimized the time I took the pill.

Perhaps I should have stuck with the pill longer as I never developed the high blood pressure or migraines that the rest of my family did. Oral contraceptives are also believed to help prevent my type of cancer.

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