The pill and gliomas, is there cause for worry or is it too soon?

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Hormonal contraceptives, also known as the pill, are among the most common type of birth control. They are highly effective with less than 1% of users experiencing a pregnancy per year. Beyond the ability to help with the prevention of pregnancy and family planning, the pill has been shown to be effective in helping control particularly painful cramping during monthly periods as well as aiding in more complex disorders like polycystic ovary disease. While the pill has become a staple for women looking to prevent unwanted pregnancies, there has been concerns raised in the past about cancer risks, and a new study has raised concerns about a specific form of cancer, gliomas or brain tumour.

The study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, looked into whether the use of hormonal contraceptives increased the risk of developing gliomas, the most common type of brain tumour. The researchers used…

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