The birth control pill link to cancer
TO THE EDITORS:
National news highlighted a concern about a notable increase in breast cancer amongst young women -- and yes, that is alarming.
The medical profession and media said they don't know what could be contributing to this increase, but suspicions are the environment and smoking. Yes, those are possibilities, but are they worse today than several years ago? Not likely.
Most interesting is that the medical profession, the government and the media are fully aware that birth control pills are a Group 1 carcinogen, yet "the pill" is not mentioned on their list of probable causes. Other Group 1 carcinogens are radium and asbestos. If young women were being exposed to those substances, we suspect it would be headline news. Many would say that immediate action must be taken to eliminate the exposure. Why then did the national news not reveal that birth control pills are equally classified and dangerous as these other carcinogens?
Considering that 50 percent of teenagers are on the pill and studies reveal there is a 50 percent increase in the probability of breast cancer if the pill is taken continuously for four years prior to a full-term pregnancy, it's logical to assume that birth control pills are a probable cause. The World Health Organization has published this information for two decades, yet it's not public knowledge. Why?
It's time for the federal government, the medical profession and the media to be forthright with women. We've heard them say that others are waging a "war on women." In reality, they are. They need only to look in the mirror and acknowledge the harm they are causing women with their coercion to promote the use of "the pill." All young women and their mothers are encouraged to educate themselves about birth control pills and then make a well-informed decision about using them. To date, you've been cheated of the facts you need to know.
(Editors' note: The National Cancer Institute notes the use of birth control pills appears to slightly increase the risk of breast cancer, but that the risk level returns to normal 10 years or more after discontinuing the pill.)