Contraceptive pill protects against some cancers ‘for at least 30 years’



A new study has found that women who take the contraceptive pill are protected from some forms of cancer for as long as 30 years.

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen say that those who have used the pill are less likely to develop bowel cancer, endometrial cancer or ovarian cancer than those who have never taken it.

Research also looked at the risk of all types of cancer in women who have taken the pill. They found that there are no new cancer risks later in life to those who take the pill during reproductive years.

These latest results are published from the longest-running study in the world on the effects of taking the contraceptive pill.


Established back in 1968, the Oral Contraception Study was set up with the aim of looking at the long-term health effects of taking oral contraceptives.

The latest study followed 46,000 women for up to 44 years. Dr Lisa Iversen led the research and said: “Because the study has been going for such a long time we are able to look at the very long-term effects, if there are any, associated with the pill.

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