Oral Contraceptives Preventing Ovarian Cancer

The longer a woman uses oral contraceptives, the less likely it is she gets ovarian cancer.

According to a report in newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, a study by The Lancet has shown that contraceptives have already prevented approximately 200,000 ovarian cancers and 100,000 deaths from the disease.

Over the next few decades the number of cancers prevented is predicted to rise to 30,000 per year. The study which Sweden was a part of was carried out internationally in 21 countries.

Oral contraceptives were introduced almost 50 years ago, and over 100 million women currently use them.

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