Oral contraceptive pills may protect against ovarian and endometrial cancer

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Scientists found women who had used oral contraceptives had a 32% reduced risk for endometrial cancer and a 28% reduced risk for ovarian cancer compared with those who had not used them. Photo: Pexels

(Lindsay Carlton/ Very Well Health) — New research is reiterating oral contraception is more than just a helpful family planning tool. Scientists are studying the pill’s preventative effects against some types of cancer—and on the flip side, the link between hormonal contraceptives and risk of breast cancer.

A December study, published in Cancer Research, looked at not only the associations between oral contraception and breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers, but also how long certain risk factors last.

Researchers at the University of Uppsala in Sweden looked at health data from over 250,000 women born between 1939 and 1970 in Britain to compare the incidence of breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancers between those that had never used birth control pills and those who had. (…)

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