Anti baby pill has prevented hundreds of thousands of cancer cases

Women who take the anti baby pill, apparently, in the long term, a lower risk of developing uterine cancer. This is the conclusion an international team of researchers has analysed data from 36 studies.

In the journal “Lancet Oncology” the scientists report In the industrial Nations, were prevented by the pill in the past 50 years, approximately 400,000 cases of cervical cancer in women under the age of 75 years. About half of them in the last decade.

Otherwise formulated for women in industrial Nations:

  • Of 1000 women who have never taken the contraceptive pill, ill 23 in front of your 75. Birthday to cancer of the uterus.
  • Of 1000 women who have taken five years, the anti-baby pill, ill 17 in front of your 75. Birthday to cancer of the uterus.
  • Of 1000 women who have taken for ten years the anti-baby pill, ill 13 in front of your 75. Birthday to cancer of the uterus.

The researchers were able to access information from the approximately 27,000 women who were diagnosed with the cancer, as well as around 115,000 women, for whom this fate was not spared. The studies have evaluated, instead of found in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa.

Who paid for it?

    The study was financed by the UK Medical Research Council, a government-owned Institution.

Women who had taken in her twenties on the pill, would still benefit with 50 years and also of the protective effect, if this form of cancer occurs more frequently, says Valerie Beral of the Oxford University, one of the leaders of the study. “You had the concern that the pill causes cancer, but in the long term reduces the risk.”

According to the study, have used since the introduction of the pill in the sixties, about 400 million women in industrial Nations, the contraceptive.

Protective effect with lower estrogen content

Although newer pills contain much lower amounts of Estrogen than the first-Generation, have not reduced the protective effect, the researchers report.

Uterine cancer is the fourth most common form of cancer in women. According to the Robert Koch Institute annually, approximately 11,500 women in Germany are diagnosed with it, about 2400 of them die of the cancer.

As a risk factors for this cancer, early first menstrual period, as well as a late apply of menopause, childlessness, diseases of the ovaries, and an estrogen therapy in the menopause.

The anti-baby pill also has unwanted side effects. Among other things, the risk of thrombosis, when a blood clot narrows a vessel or completely blocked increases.

Of 100,000 women not using hormonal contraceptive and are not pregnant, develop within a year for about five to ten a thrombosis. In 100,000 women, the prevention of hormonally, in the same period, between 20 and 40. PREVENTION QUIZ

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Thrombosis: a Dangerous blood clotis thrombosis A thrombosis is a blood clot, usually in the veins but also in arteries. First of all, store platelets, called platelets. As a result, the coagulation cascade is triggered in different factors in the blood to be distributed and to form a network, in which other blood cells get caught – the blood in narrowed vessel or clogged. Triggers and risk factors The causes of a thrombosis take of physicians in the Virchow triad: coagulation disorders (hereditary diseases or medications), Changes in the flow velocity (due to being bedridden, pregnancy, Sitting with legs crossed), and damage in the vascular wall (due to injury, inflammation, or cancer). Women are affected more often than men. As a further important risk factors are Smoking, pregnancy, the contraceptive pill, tumour diseases, Overweight and lack of exercise, about illness or air travel. The first signs of the Following symptoms in the case of a thrombosis occur, must it however not.Arm or leg swelling. The extremity hurts and feels heavy . It is significantly warmer than the other Arm or the other leg. The skin is bluish. The veins emerge much more clearly than on the non-affected side of the body. Follow Depending on where the thrombosis occurs, the consequences. In the case of deep-vein thrombosis, which often occur in the deep leg or pelvic veins is localized, there is a danger of a pulmonary embolism. In this case, the blood clot from the vein wall dissolves and shoots with the blood flow through the right Heart into the lungs. There, they hinder the blood circulation and the absorption of oxygen. Shortness of breath and right heart failure can be the result. In the case of a thrombosis, and inflammation in the superficial veins talk to Doctors of a Thrombophlebitis. This Form often occurs in the legs, the affected area swells, hurts and reddens. Arterial thrombosis always occur where the vessel wall has been damaged, or arteriosclerotic Plaques. You can occlude a vessel in the body blood circulation. This happens for example in a carotid artery, the danger of an extended stroke. Prevention and therapy of movement helps to prevent a thrombosis best. Some Pregnant women and bedridden patients to wear compression stockings, so that the vein walls in the Form to be held, the pressure of the blood not to give in and not wide. Depending on the risk profile of the patients for the emergence of a thrombosis, he will receive prophylactic Heparin, the specific clotting factors inhibits. Heparin is also used for the treatment of an existing thrombosis, the clot continues to grow. In addition to the Affected coumarinderivatives occupy, prevent blood clotting. At the same time but they also increase the risk of Bleeding such as in the stomach, intestines or brain, which is why close coagulation controls are required.