Transcript for New Study Suggests Potential Link Between Birth Control Pills and Cancer
We want to turn now to a new health alert this morning about Ith pills. Types the pill are associated cancer. ABC news senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton is joining us now. What is new about this? L, file this one under the categor of not all birth - pil alike.is study found that wo who versions of the pill had an associated 50% increase risk of breast cancer, however, those women on low dose versions of the pill had no associated increase risk. Very important to remember in medicine we say an increased risk of an uncommon event is still an uncommon event and the factor of the matter is luckily breast cancer itself is uncommon in younger women. So should women be getting off one type of pill and getting on another now. Brcanc of look at the a low number. It's either 10 or 20 micrograms of estrogen. Taking a monophasic pill where most are the same has been found to be associated with a lower Rick of breast cancer and then there are things that have nothing to do with the pill that they're remembering because they can lower our risk. Watching alcohol consumption and increasing exercise has a powerful protective effect. All right. Dr. Jennifer Ashton. Really important information a big like clarification there, O I nk, or women. Benefits versus alternatives. Veryimportant.
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