Hormonal birth control linked to uptick in breast cancer cases

Hormonal birth control linked to uptick in breast cancer cases

Unlike most previous research, this study didn't just track the effect of birth control pills.

Other studies had shown about the same breast cancer risk for older versions of birth control pills.

The 20 percent increase in breast cancer risk varied by age and how long the women used hormone-based contraceptives, including pills, contraceptive patches, vaginal rings, progestin-only implants, and injections.

In the past, the amount of hormones in the pill was a lot higher than today, and that high dose was thought to be a definite risk factor for breast tumors.

That may sound scary.

Researchers said they accounted for education, childbirth and a family history of breast cancer during the study but they were not able to adjust for several other known cancer risk factors such as alcohol use and limited physical activity, or protective factors such as breast-feeding.

And the importance of allowing women to take control of their fertility and reproduction and decide if, how and when to have a baby can not be overlooked.

"There was a hope that the contemporary preparations would be associated with lower risk", Hunter said. And there's a strong suggestion they also reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

However, hormonal birth control does lower the risk of other cancers, including ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer, and it may lower the risk of colon cancer. But when you do the math, the numbers are much more reassuring.

Among women who had been using hormonal contraceptives for more than five years, a slight risk persisted for at least five years after they stopped, according to the study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. "Yes, hormonal contraception may increase your risk for breast cancer, but the absolute risk of breast cancer is small".

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen analyzed data from 1.8 million women under the age of 50 in Denmark.

She said women now using hormonal birth control methods should certainly not panic and if they have concerns, it's best to talk to their doctor about their individual risks and develop a plan that's right for them.

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NEIGHMOND: Hormonal contraception releases estrogen, progestin or a combination of both to suppress ovulation and prevent pregnancy.

Digging further, the researchers found no differences among types of birth control pills. They looked at all birth control methods that release hormones.

Most breast cancers are fueled by estrogen.

"Unfortunately this was not the case and additional research is needed to tweak the formulation". The hope was the lower dose would decrease breast cancer risk.

Despite the risk, women will continue to use the pharmaceuticals, Morch said.

According to the same study, the duration of time a woman takes birth control, the chance of breast cancer increases by 38%.

However, Hunter also stresses that "breast cancer remains a relatively rare disease in younger women".

MORCH: So it has to be balanced - the pros and cons of these contraceptives.

They include smoking, obesity, starting menstruation early, having children late in life or not at all and not breastfeeding. Morch suggests women over 40 discuss possible alternatives with their doctor.

"If you compare this to other risks, such as obesity and being overweight, there's more of a risk with obesity than if you take a few years of oral contraceptives", Rao told Reuters Health by phone.

"That is a very small extra risk. But the same elevated risk is there".

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