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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

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