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You're Taking the Pill and You’re Worried About Breast Cancer

As convenient and reliable as it is, hormonal birth control is not without its risks. In a new study of 1.8 million Danish women published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that current or recent use of hormonal contraceptives increased a woman’s breast cancer odds by 20%.

That sounds alarming, but should you trash your pill pack over it? “This is certainly nothing that would damn someone from taking the pill,” says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine. “This is another study that shows a very slight increased risk of hormonal birth control—especially with long-term use.”

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