Low-dose birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives linked to increased risk of breast cancer

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Susan Perry Women who use birth control pills or other forms of contraception that release hormones are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to a Danish study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).The longer hormonal contraceptives are used, the greater the risk, although the study also found that the increased risk appears to disappear five years after women stop taking such forms of birth control.The absolute increase in risk was relatively modest — about one extra case of breast cancer among every 7,690 women — but it’s still significant, given that 140 million women worldwide, including about 16 million in the United States, use pills, patches, rings, intrauterine devices (IUDs)...

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