Hormonal preventatives and their association with cancer

International studies explain that the use of these contraceptives in most patients has more benefits than risks, even Route66 West Medical Center Blog had shared this information.

An article mentioned an investigation carried out in Denmark with a sample of 1.8 million women between 15 and 49 years who had been followed for almost 11 years – and analyzed the use of hormonal contraceptives had a higher risk of suffering from breast cancer. Oral contraceptives were the most used.

The result of the study showed that there was an average increase of 20% in the incidence of invasive breast cancer among the users, is less than 10% in patients who had used them less than a year and more than 20% in those who had it. They had used for long times. As always with this type of news, headlines and a wave of fear among users were generated.

Is there reason to be scared? Is it better not to take these contraceptives?

No way. What happens is that statistics can confuse people. For example: if last year lightning struck the Sierra, it killed a person who was unprotected and this year an equal incident occurs again and two dies, we could say that in just one year, the deaths increased by 100%. It could be cause for fear but in reality, in a population of 30 million inhabitants, the risk continues to be very low.

The question that really interests a woman is whether she can get breast cancer because of contraceptives. To answer this, we must first clarify that breast cancer is very common in women, whether hormones are used or not. So what you have to compare is how many cases of cancer were registered in the group that did not take the medicines and how many in the group that did, and see how much was the excess of cases among those who took.

Making this comparison, we see that among women under 35 years of age the increase in the incidence of invasive breast cancer was approximately one in 50 thousand patients, that means we would have to fill the national women’s stadium to find one to which the Use of contraceptives I can cause cancer. And among patients of all ages, the increase in incidence was one case in approximately 8 thousand women.

Conclusion. Seeing that the real increase in the incidence of invasive breast cancer is between one every 8 thousand to one every 50 thousand users and knowing that contraceptives help in the prevention of other types of cancers, such as colon, ovarian, endometrial, etc. ., in addition to preventing unwanted pregnancies, abortions and having many other uses besides contraception, such as the control of abnormal bleeding, support in polycystic ovary therapy, acne, etc., we consider that its use in the Huge majority of patients present many more benefits than risks.