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Birth Control Pill Helps Prevent Ovarian Cancer

February 09, 2008 12:05 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A recent Oxford University study confirms that the contraceptive pill reduces the risk of ovarian cancer.

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Researchers from Oxford University's Cancer Research UK Epidemiology Unit also found that the risk of ovarian cancer remains lower 30 years after women stopped taking the pill. 

The study was published on Jan. 26 in medical journal The Lancet.

Women over 50 are the most common age group to develop ovarian cancer.

But women of all ages should be aware of the symptoms because the sooner ovarian cancer is diagnosed, the better the outcome of treatment.

Symptoms include abnormal periods, unexplained back pain that worsens with time, gas, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite.

Headline Links: Contraceptive pill prevents ovarian cancer

Background: The history of the pill

Reference: Benefits and risks of the pill and an overview of ovarian cancer

Related Link: The ovarian cancer guide

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