Memo to the Media: No Link Between Birth Control Pills and Prostate Cancer
November 21, 2011
Grantee News From Reproductive Health Technologies Project
Yesterday (November 16th) a new study made headlines claiming that oral contraceptive use is associated with prostate cancer. Scary, right? Not so fast. Because it involves contraception — a subject that is great for making headlines — we have to take a step back and evaluate the claims.
The study found that countries where more women take birth control pills also have a greater incidence of prostate cancer. At first this sounds scary, but cannot be used to draw any conclusions that there is a causal relationship between the two—a fact that the study authors acknowledge. Unfortunately, that didn’t stop Fox, CBS, and other outlets from running with the story. More>
Kimberly Inez McGuire
Senior Associate, Programs & Policy
Reproductive Health Technologies Project