Some research indicates they may slightly increase that risk, but it also shows that 10 or more years after stopping the pill, the breast cancer risk can return to the same level as though the pill had never been taken at all. Other studies don't support a link between birth control pills and breast cancer.
If you're concerned about long-term use of birth control pills, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits.
UWSP University Health Service
Ohio State University College of Medicine
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