Oral Contraceptives Containing Progestogens Are Linked to Breast Cancer
Contraceptives containing progestogens may increase the risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine. Current or recent contraceptive use was found to increase the relative risk of breast cancer by approximately 20% to 30%. A slight increase in risk was already known for combined estrogen-progestogen contraception, and this increased risk also applies to progestogen-only products.
Breast cancer risk may be reduced by following a healthful plant-based diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, particularly soy products.