Birth Control Pills Protect
Against Cancer, Too

Scientists in Denmark reported a study, which followed 1.8 million Danish women for more than a decade. Widely held assumptions about modern contraceptives for younger generations of women were found faulty. Many women have believed that newer hormonal contraceptives are much safer than those taken by their mothers or grandmothers, which had higher doses of estrogen.

“We did actually expect we would find a smaller increase in risk because today we have lower doses of estrogen in the hormone contraceptives, so it was surprising that we found this association,” said Lina S. Mørch, a senior researcher at the University of Copenhagen and the paper’s lead author.

Experts noted that oral contraceptives have some benefits as well, and are associated with reductions in ovarian, endometrial and possibly colorectal cancers later in life.

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