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Even Low-Dose Contraceptives Slightly Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Enlarge this image Katherine Streeter for NPR It’s long been known that hormonal contraception, like any medicine, carries some risks. But doctors and women have hoped that the newer generations of low-dose contraceptive pills, IUDs and implants eliminated the breast cancer risk of earlier, higher-dose formulations. Now a big study from Denmark suggests the elevated risk of getting breast cancer — while still very small for women in their teens, 20s and 30s – holds true for these low-dose methods, too. In the research published Wednesday in the New England…

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