Birth Control and Cancer – Are You at Risk?
According to a report published in the Associated Press in May 2010, pills are the most preferred contraceptive for American women. In a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 16% of the married woman confirmed the use of contraceptive pills. However, the popularity of contraceptive pills, as highlighted in the report, poses a huge health risk for American women.
The Case Against Contraceptive Pills
A 2006 report published by National Cancer Institute, a federal organization under the auspices of US National Institutes of Health, warned against the use of contraceptive pills. The report claimed that the extensive use of birth control pills increased the risk of breast cancer. The risk was even higher among women who had started using contraceptive pills from their teenage years.
This study was a stark contrast to the findings of Women’s Contraceptive and Reproductive Experiences (Women’s CARE). According to their survey, birth control pills elevate the risk of breast cancer in women aged 35 to 64. However, in another study conducted in 2003 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an increased risk of cervical cancer was linked to the use of birth control pills.
Scientific studies have debunked claims related to a decrease in sexual desire among women due to the intake of birth control pills. However, the increased risk of breast and cervical cancer is certainly a concern area for the US Health Department.
How to File a Compensation for Health Risks due to Birth Control Pills
Victims of breast cancer should consult an expert personal injury lawyer if they have been using birth control pills for more than six months. Although there are reports from federal agencies, it is complicated to prove that the intake of birth control pills is solely responsible for breast cancer or cervical cancer. Consulting with an experienced attorney regarding your case will help you understand whether you have a valid claim and if you should seek just compensation for your suffering.
About Solomon Neuhardt:
Solomon Neuhardt is the owner and lead attorney at Neuhardt Law Firm, a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and represents individuals and families in personal injury cases, including accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, dog bites, and insurance disputes.