‘Young women don’t have to worry about cancer from taking the Pill because the eventual reduction in ovarian cancer is bigger than any increase in other types of cancer caused by the Pill,’ he said.
The findings come from a systematic review of 45 epidemiological studies, including over 23,000 women with ovarian cancer and nearly 90,000 controls. This showed that the relative risk of ovarian cancer was 0.73 for women taking oral contraceptives.
Among the women with ovarian cancer, 31 per cent had used oral contraceptives, and were diagnosed an average of 20 years after they stopped taking the Pill. In the control group, 37 per cent had a history of using the Pill.
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