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Breast cancer and oral contraceptives: findings in Royal College of General Practitioners' study.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981; 282 doi: (Published 27 June 1981) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981;282:2089


The incidence of breast cancer was studied among women taking part in the continuing cohort study organised by the Royal College of General Practitioners. An overall relative risk of 1.19 (not significant) was found in those who had used oral contraceptives. The risk ratio in women under 35 years old was 2.81, but this too was not significant. There was evidence that the estimated increased risk for younger women could be a chance occurrence. No convincing evidence of any adverse effects of oral contraceptives on breast cancer has been shown, but because of the long latent period of this tumour there is a need for longer observation.