How Strong is the Link Between Birth Control and Breast Cancer?

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A study conducted in Denmark has found that even low doses of hormones in contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices (IUDs), implants, and injections, still have potential to heighten the risk of breast cancer.

Of the nearly 1.8 million women who participated in the decade-long study, over 11,500 of those women developed breast cancer, still the most common form of cancer in women across the globe.

The findings specified the hormone progestin, the primary component in some birth control pills and many IUDs, as the cause for a 21 percent increase in breast cancer risk. It’s also important to consider that IUDs release hormones directly to the uterus, rather than traveling through the bloodstream with pills or injections.

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