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Research shows birth control could increase breast cancer risk

Researchers say the risk is still small for many women.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2018 12:21 PM
Updated: Jan. 30, 2018 12:21 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A new study shows birth control pills, patches or other hormonal contraceptives could give women an increased risk of breast cancer.

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Researchers in Denmark looked at 1.8 million women and found using any type of hormonal contraceptive was linked to a 20 percent high risk of breast cancer.

Those who used them longer were at a greater risk.

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Researchers said the overall risk of breast cancer is still small for many women.

Past research suggests birth control bills protect against other types of cancer.

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