The Pill: 50 years of causing cancer.

Updated with link. Coulda sworn I included the link to the article in the original post, but apparently not. Sorry ’bout that! –Tom

Cigars, Cigarettes, Birth-control pills? An ad with three carcinogenic, erm, treats.

(Click for larger view) The macabre humor here, we now know, is that all three are equally likely to cause cancer. has an article up about a talk given at the “50 Years of the Pill” conference in Washington, D.C. by Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a breast surgical oncologist and co-founder of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute. What Dr. Lanfranchi presented should stop in their tracks anyone who believes the pill is a good thing.

The pill has been classified as a type one carcinogen by the World Health Organization, meaning it is confirmed to cause cancer in humans.

It increases a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer by 25-30 percent.

It has been linked to the 660 percent rise in non-invasive breast cancer since 1973.

According to one researcher, women who start taking the pill before 18 increase their risk by nearly 400 percent. Another researcher puts the increased risk for women who start on the pill before 20 at nearly 1,000 percent. One thousand percent.

While some of the studies are more recent, that the pill can be readily linked to cancer has been known for decades.

And yet, nearly 50 percent of teenage women are on the pill.

Consider: when the link between hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and cancer became a sensation in 2002 nearly half the women on HRT stopped doing that. The pill is strikingly similar to HRT, and, as I’ve cited above, research confirms it is very dangerous to women’s health. If these links became more widely known and those responsible for promoting and defending health were to sound the alarm bell loudly enough, would we see a similar precipitous drop in use of the pill? But there is a problem.

The pill must be prescribed. Which means a doctor, one who is supposed to be about promoting and protecting patients’ health, must consciously write the prescription for this massively carcinogenic pill. Imagine a doctor prescribing smoking cigarettes. Crazy, right? It’s done daily with the pill.

I’m not holding my breath waiting for any positive action that might reduce the massive danger this poses to women, but some sort of action would sure be nice.



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