Birth Control Pills - How They Prevent Cancer
As it turns out, the Pill can be more than just a preventive measure against pregnancy and something that helps you in regulating your periods. According to Time, it turns out that the over the years Oral Contraception - the famed Birth Control Pills have prevented up to 400,000 cases of cancer, even after the subjects stopped taking them.
The study which was published in The Lancet, a medical journal, made endometrial cancer the subject of its focus. Researchers at the England's famed Oxford University also reviewed 36 studies, which in total covered more than 115,000 women without endometrial cancer and more than 27,000 women with it.
According to them, the women who had been oral contraceptives regularly has a lesser chance of developing endometrial cancer than those who didn't. Additionally they also discovered that the protection from cancer provided by these pills lasted even after (upto 30 years) the subjects had stopped taking the pills.
Furthermore, they also suggested that of the subjects took the pills for as few as five years, the risk of them developing endometrial cancer dropped by 24% and if the pills are taken for as many as 10 to 15 years the risk is reduced to as little as 10-12%.
The exact reason behind this astounding discovery is still unknown, but it is speculated that this might have something to do with how the pills regulate the amount of estrogen produced in the body.
USA Today also suggest that the Pill might still carry potential risks of the women developing blood clots as well as various other forms of cancer but compared to their benefits and the lives they help saving, these risks are rather low, especially in young and healthy women.
The researchers have estimated that in the past decade or so, 200,000 cases of cancer have been neutralized. Similarly, overall almost 400,000 cases of cancer have been prevented, all thanks to the Pill.
Even though the modern contraceptive pills have low hormonal levels compared to their older counterparts, their cancer fighting capabilities have not been affected one bit.