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Oral contraceptive and breast cancer – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on August 1st, 2014.

Women taking contemporary high-oestrogen birth control pills, and a few other formulations, are at an increased risk of breast cancer, suggests new research. The study also found that oral contraceptives with low doses of oestrogen did not increase users’ risk of developing breast cancer. While previous studies have already found a link between birth control pills and breast cancer risk, […]

Possible association between the pill and prostate cancer

Peter Griffin posted in on November 15th, 2011.

New research shows that in countries with higher contraceptive pill use by women, men have higher rates of prostate cancer. Canadian epidemiologists identified an association between pill use and prostate cancer after analysing contraceptive and cancer data from 87 nations. Although the research is speculative and causality cannot be identified, the authors suggest that use […]

TVNZ/NZPA: NZ study shows the pill can reduce cysts

Peter Griffin posted in on April 1st, 2010.

A study produced by two Auckland researchers suggests that the contraceptive pill could be an effective means of reducing the reoccurrence of ovarian endometriomas, a common type of ovarian cyst which is generally removed using surgery. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Neil Johnson of National Womens’ Hospital and Shelley Reilly, a medical researcher at […]

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