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Contraceptives reduce the risk of ovarian cancer

Contraceptives reduce the risk of ovarian cancer



Contraceptives seem to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer depending on the length of the administration period, new studies say.
The latest study on the link between pill and ovarian cancer was led by Valerie Beral, an expert in cancer research in England at Oxford University.
According to the results of the study, women who take contraceptives for up to 4 years considerably reduce their chances of having ovarian cancer by up to 22%, compared to those who take contraceptives for 5 years, who reduce their risk by up to to 33%.
In the case of women taking pill for at least 15 years, they reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by up to 58%.
The protection against ovarian cancer is maintained for more than 30 years after stopping the administration of pill, but it disappears with the passage of time.
Although new studies demonstrate the benefits of contraceptives in ovarian cancer, studies are still needed on their relationship with breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and decreased libido.
Laura Moise
Editor
February 4, 2008