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The Pill Has Saved Thousands Of Lives

By KJ Mullins     Jan 24, 2008 in Health
Research from the UK is showing that the birth control pill has saved 100,000 lives that could have been lost to ovarian cancer in the 50 years since its inception.Taking the Pill decreases a woman's choice of getting ovarian cancer.
According to the Oxford University, team the increasing popularity of the Pill has allowed 30,000 less cases of ovarian cancer each year.
The findings were based on a total of 45 previous studies. This study may lead the way for the Pill to become an over the counter drug in the future.
The link between lower rates of ovarian cancer and the birth control pill has been known for quite some time. This study was able to show the long term effectiveness of the Pill and avoiding ovarian cancers.
In the 1960's and the 1970's, hormones were almost double the dose in today's version of the oral contraceptives. This does not to seem to make a difference as to the amount of protection from the deadly cancer.
It also appears that the protection offered a woman extends decades after a woman stops using the medication.
While this is great news for ovarian cancer, there is a smaller risk of short term increases of breast and cervical cancers.
"The eventual reduction in ovarian cancer is bigger than any increase in other types of cancer caused by the pill," researcher Sir Richard Peto said.
Dr Lesley Walker, of Cancer Research UK, said: "All women who have taken the pill or are currently taking it should be reassured by this study."
This is wonderful news for the millions of women who take or have taken the Pill. Even short term use of the medication seems to be able to provide years of reduction of risk to ovarian cancer.
Some women though not be using the drug. Those who have a history of blood clots, heart or liver disease are not candidates for this form of birth control. Also, women over 35 who smoke should find an alternate method to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
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