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Oral Contraceptives and Breast Cancer Risk

In 2006 alone, breast cancer claimed the lives of 40,820 women. Because this disease is closely related to a woman’s hormone levels, there have been many studies examining the link between breast cancer and oral contraceptives. Oral birth control manipulates a woman’s hormone levels to prevent ovulation and pregnancy, but some studies have shown that it can also increase your risk for developing breast cancer.

Although the link between increased breast cancer risk and oral contraceptives is still tenuous, there are several other problems that can result due to oral birth control use. For instance, the drugs YAZ, Yasmin, and Ocella all come with a risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have suffered from one of these serious side effects of YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella, you should contact a YAZ lawsuit attorney from Williams Hart today at 800-761-3187.

Causes of Breast Cancer

Doctors and scientists generally agree that one of the main causes of breast cancer is hormonal. For a woman, this includes maintaining high hormonal levels for a long period of time. This can result from things such as:

  • Starting menstruation before age 12
  • Undergoing menopause after age 55
  • Having your first child after age 30
  • Having no children at all

Medical Studies

When women take birth control drugs, they artificially inflate their hormone levels in order to prevent pregnancy. However, this can also inflate breast cancer risks. Indeed, two studies conducted by separate groups found that there is a correlation between breast cancer and oral contraceptives. A 2003 study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute found that most women who were diagnosed with breast cancer had taken oral contraceptives in the last 5 years. This was especially true with women ages 20-34.

However, another study looked at women between 1994-1998. This group found no relationship between increased breast cancer risk and the use of oral birth control drugs.

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Although there is yet to be definitive proof linking oral contraceptives to breast cancer, perhaps it is not worth the risk. Additionally, some birth control drugs, including YAZ, Yasmin, and Ocella, have also been linked to serious health complications like blood clots and pulmonary embolism. If you are a victim of YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella, please contact a knowledgeable YAZ lawyer from Williams Hart at 800-761-3187 immediately.

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