Birth Control and Cancer

A recent Danish study found that women who use contraception have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Results estimated that “for every 100,000 women using hormonal birth control, there are 68 cases of breast cancer annually, compared with 55 cases a year among nonusers.” With about 10 million American women using birth control, some doctors are calling this finding a “significant public health concern.” Many medical professionals believed that newer forms of birth control were safer. However, research shows that there is the same level of risk for breast cancer for oral contraception used today. The type of contraception (pill, IUD, shot, etc.) did not change the risk level, even with more medically advanced methods. These findings are particularly alarming as more young women are encouraged to start contraception early. Read more about the study HERE.