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Study Finds Possible Link between Hormonal Contraceptives and Brain Cancer

Researchers in a recent study have concluded that a woman’s risk of developing a rare form of brain cancer increases with the use of hormonal contraceptives.  The details of the study were published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

The study gathered medical data, from the years 2000 through 2009, of over 300 women between the ages of 15 to 49 years of age who had been diagnosed with glioma. Glioma is a type of brain cancer which develops in the glial cells of the brain. These cells are responsible for protecting the neurons in the brain. The neurons transmit messages throughout the body. Glioma is the diagnosis in approximately 30 percent of all brain cancers.  At least 60 percent of these women had used hormonal contraceptives in the past.

The research team also had a second, controlled group, consisting of 2,126 of women who had never been diagnosed with brain cancer. They discovered that for women who were under the age of 50 years old who had developed glioma were 90 percent more likely to have used hormonal contraceptives for a period of five years or more.

The study also found that women who took pills which were progestogen-only were placed at a higher risk for developing the brain cancer.

Past research concluded that birth control pills helped prevent glioma, however, those studies were done with women who had already gone through menopause. The majority of those study groups were also not controlled, compared to this particular study, which used official medical records, as well as a controlled group.  

Too often, our firm has written about the side effects many victims have suffered from medically approved birth control pills which were prescribed by their physicians, and instead of helping them, left the victim with horrible side-effects to deal with. If you are suffering from illness or injury caused by a prescribed mediation, contact an experienced Virginia medical malpractice attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have for your pain and loss.


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