Is it true that there is a higher chance of getting cancer if you take the pill for a long time?
@Sam Research is ongoing into the link between breast cancer and the pill. Research suggests that users of all types of hormonal contraception have a slightly higher chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared with women who do not use them. However, 10 years after you stop taking the pill, your risk of breast cancer goes back to normal.
Research has also suggested a link between the pill and the risk of developing cervical cancer and a rare form of liver cancer. However, the pill does offer some protection against developing endometrium (lining of the womb) cancer, ovarian cancer and colon cancer.
The combined pill may reduce the risk of fibroids, ovarian cysts and non-cancerous breast disease.
The benefits of long term use of the pill usually outweigh the risks.
If you are concerned you could discuss with the Dr or clinician when they prescribe your pills.