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L Iversen, S Sivasubramaniam, AJ Lee, S Fielding and PC Hannaford
Abstract
Oral contraceptives have been used by hundreds of millions of women around the world. Important questions remain regarding the very long-term cancer risks associated with oral contraception. Despite previous research important questions remain about the safety of these contraceptives: i) how long do endometrial, ovarian and colorectal cancer benefits persist for? ii) does combined oral contraceptive use during the reproductive years produce new cancer risks later in life? and iii) what is the overall balance of cancer among past users as they enter the later stages of their lives?
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Pregnancy, Colorectal cancer, Emergency contraception, Sexual intercourse, Birth control, Hormonal contraception, Menstrual cycle, Combined oral contraceptive pill
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