November 09, 2007

Birth Control and Cervical Cancer

From the LA Times (via the Pioneer Press)

Women who take the birth control pill for 10 years have nearly double the normal risk of developing cervical cancer, but the risk begins falling as soon as they stop and returns to near normal within 10 years(!!!!), according to a study released Thursday.

The study confirms previous research linking the pill with an increased risk of cervical cancer and reveals for the first time that the risk falls after pill use stops, said Dr. Jane Green of the University of Oxford, who led the study reported in the medical journal Lancet.

Previous studies have revealed a small increased risk of breast cancer associated with use of the pill. But the increased risk for both forms of cancer is small, Green added, and is "outweighed by reduced risks for ovarian and womb cancer."

The results should "reassure women," (HUH?)Dr. Peter Sasieni of the Queen Mary University of London wrote in an editorial.

I'm sure Dr. Sasieni is saying women should be reassured that it is possible to return to the normal risk of cervical cancer after you quit taking the pill. I don't feel reassured. It takes a DECADE for a woman taking the pill to return to normal risk after she quits taking it. That's not an insignificant amount of time. Plus, this study confirms there is a definite link between pill use and cervical cancer.


Anonymous Nancy said...

At that rate, given the years when women generally would be using the pill, that should take them to pretty well near the end of their childbearing years.

As a woman, I'm furious that there has been so much dishonesty in the name of my "health". If the same kind of mis-information, non-information etc. had been rampant in any other field, there would be malpractice suits galore. But why let ethics get in the way of the agenda.

November 09, 2007 1:36 PM  
Blogger Carolina Cannonball said...

whats a little cancer when you can have all the consequence free sex you want?

November 09, 2007 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would think that a woman on the Pill is already practicing risky sexual behaviours and that also adds to the risk of cancer.

November 09, 2007 2:20 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

Let's see...we'll force young girls to get the HPV vaccine and give them birth control medication without their parents' knowledge... Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket!

November 09, 2007 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's one surefire cure for AIDS, HPV, other STDs and's called keeping your damn pants on!

November 09, 2007 10:03 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

True dat.

November 09, 2007 10:09 PM  

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