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greater risk of breast and other cancers with birth control?

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Greetings to resident OB's online!i took Althea birth control pills for 3 good years until 5 months ago,i had PCOS when i was 20 yrs old, my former OB prescribed Gracial pills but it turned out my system did not respond well to the pill so i had to stop and asked another OB until finally i was introduced to Althea, it was really a 'miracle pill" for me.t'was just great!sadly, my varicose veins became more noticeable,my spider nevi has gotten worse,but considering the amount of benefits from this "miracle pill" one would rather ignore the webs. I would like to know if women taking OCP's (short or long period of time) before they actually conceive (like in my case) are at greater risk of having breast & other forms of cancer,these made me stop my Althea, it scared has been 5 months now since i stopped) I would like to really know if all of these is TRUE, would women who took & are taking contraceptive pills like althea at greater risk of having such health condition? thank you!!

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replied October 8th, 2011
Birth Control Answer A27479
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There are few studies that have shown increased risk of breast cancer and reduced risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer in women with long term use of oral contraceptive pills. PCOS responds to treatment with insulin modifiers as most common cause for PCOS is insulin resistance. Consider discussing with your treating doctor/gynecologist about getting started on these for better control of PCOS and symptoms. Discuss your pregnancy plans too and if you are ready for pregnancy, you can consider getting started to ovulation inducers to help in increasing chances of pregnancy. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any unusual/new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.

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