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New research shows birth control pills may help prevent this fatal disease

Posted at 6:17 AM, Apr 01, 2019

A new study shows that women who take birth control pills are less likely to develop the most aggressive types of ovarian cancer.

"Among those who used the birth control pills, there were 46 percent lower odds of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer that resulted in death within 12 months of the diagnosis," Jennifer Mongiovi, a PhD student at the University at Buffalo and one of the authors of the study, said.

The research also found over a five year period birth control pills reduced the likelihood fatal ovarian cancer by 32 percent.

"By taking birth control pills, you can stop as much damage being done to your ovaries from your ovulation, and essentially lower your risk of future damage, such as cancer," Mongiovi said.

However, researchers said that before you go out and buy birth control pills, you should consult with your doctor about your medical history and what is appropriate given your circumstances.

"With anything there are trade offs on both sides. Birth control is a hormone so you are potentially putting yourself at a greater risk of breast cancer. So that's something you definitely need to review your medical history. What essentially is the biggest risk to you," Mongiovi said.

The research was conducted at Roswell Park.