If you're on the pill, here's a new health perk: It may reduce your risk of getting ovarian cancer. According to a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer, women who take oral contraceptives have a 15 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer than women who have never taken the pill.
And the ovarian-cancer risk-reduction benefit seems to accumulate over time. Women who took the pill for ten years or more reduced their risk of getting ovarian cancer by a whopping 45 percent. Pregnancy also reduced risk.
Ovarian cancer is known as the "silent killer" because it is so difficult to diagnose, especially in the early stages. Therefore, prevention is key. Almost 22,000 U.S. women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 15,460 women die from it each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. While 93 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer before it spreads beyond the ovary are still alive after five years, survival rates are far lower when ovarian cancer is found in the later stages, according to ABC News.
Are you on the pill? Happy to hear that oral contraceptives can reduce your risk of ovarian cancer?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.