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'The Pill': No Added Cancer Risk

Tuesday, 27 December 2005 12:00 AM

Long-term use of oral contraceptives does not increase a woman's risk of developing cervical cancer, according to a new study from the National Cancer Institute.

Older studies linking the pill to cancer had never taken into account cancer-causing effects of human papilloma virus (HPV), according to the NCI's Dr. Philip E. Castle and colleagues.

In the new study, the NCI team investigated the development of precancer cervical cells in young women who tested positive for HPV and had minimally abnormal Pap smears. This effectively took HPV out of the equation.

Among the HPV-infected women, the likelihood of finding precancerous cells was no higher for current or former oral contraceptive users than for those who had never used the Pill, the team reports. The study appears in the International Journal of Cancer.

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