ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A small but meaningful increased risk of breast cancer has been found in women who take birth control pills containing estrogen.

It comes out to one more case of breast cancer a year for every 7700 women using birth control with hormones.

“My advice honestly would be that the risk of getting breast cancer from taking birth control pills is exceedingly low and should not cause significant alarm,” says SLU Care’s Dr. Theresa Schwartz, a breast cancer surgeon at SSM Health SLU Hospital.

“If women have a family history of breast cancer, or if they themselves have a personally elevated risk of breast cancer, maybe they should be the ones that have a more detailed conversation with their doctor about the risks or benefits of using birth control pills that have estrogen in them,” she says.

The study also found that women who’d been on birth control for less than five years and then took a half-year break had no increased risk.

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