Controversy rekindled over pill and risk of breast cancerBMJ 1999; 318 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7191.1095 (Published 24 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1095
- Richard Woodman
Controversy about the contraceptive pill and its effect on the risk of breast cancer was rekindled this week in an editorial by a professor of epidemiology, who said that recent reassurances may be “seriously misplaced” (Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 1999;53:258-60).
Large studies have shown that the slight increase in the risk of breast cancer among women who currently use the contraceptive pill gradually decreases when they stop taking it until, after 10 years, there seems to be no excess risk.
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