Use of combined birth control linked to lower risk of ovarian cancer

Use of combined birth control linked to lower risk of ovarian cancer

The risk reduction appeared to strengthen with longer use of the combined hormonal birth control and diminished once use was stopped. Now, new research suggests that's true for the latest form of the drug, as well. The protection seemed to reduce once the hormonal contraceptives were stopped they noted.

The researchers did not find any significant evidence of differences between contraception brands, nor were they able to establish if progestogen-only pills had the same beneficial effects.

Most hormonal contraceptive use in the cohort (86%) related to combined oral products.

Levels of the hormones oestrogen and progestogen have been getting steadily lower in contraceptive pills since the 1960s and 1970s.

"Based on our results, contemporary combined hormonal contraceptives are still associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer in women of reproductive age, with patterns similar to those seen with older combined oral products", commented the authors.

United Kingdom researchers looked at data from the Danish Sex Hormone Register Study, which followed Danish women ages 15 to 79 from 1995 to 2014.

The study looked at data from the Danish Sex Hormone Register Study.

The women were isolated into three gatherings: the individuals who never utilized hormonal birth control pills, the individuals who right now utilize them or did as such as of late for up to one year, and previous clients who took the pills for over a year.

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Last year, the same cohort was studied for breast cancer risk by the same researchers, who found that hormonal contraceptives actually raised the risk of breast cancer.

There was no firm evidence to suggest any protective effect among women who used progestogen-only products, although the researchers point out that few women were exclusive users of these products.

It continued: 'Based on the relative risk for the "never use" versus "ever use" categories of hormonal contraception, the population prevented fraction was estimated to be 21% - that is, use of hormonal contraception prevented 21% of ovarian cancers in the study population'. Only about 47 percent of USA women survive five years after a diagnosis, according to the American Cancer Society.

To investigate the relationship between the usage of contemporary oral contraceptives and ovarian cancer, researchers of a new study published in the journal BMJ conducted an analysis of ovarian cancer incidences in almost 2 million women in Denmark who were between 15 and 49 years old from 1995 to 2014.

The new study just reaffirms that potential benefit for newer-generation pills, she said. "Since we do not have a screening test for ovarian cancer and since it affects 1 in 70 women, this is news that women need to know about, so they can discuss with their provider". That's why anything that might prevent the disease in the first place is so important, Wu said.

"Ovarian cancer has such a delayed time to diagnosis and such poor long-term survival that prevention is essential", Wu said.

Although there isn't a specific preventative therapy recommended for helping to prevent ovarian cancer, doctors have other resources such as genetic counseling, or education, to come up with a safe and effective plan.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides more information on birth control pills.

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