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Oral contraceptives or the 'pill' can reduce the risk of a woman developing ovarian cancer if they are taken for at least 6 months. Ovarian cancer is normally diagnosed in later stages of the disease, which increases its fatal prognosis, as there is no effective screening method and symptoms present late. Other factors that decrease ovarian cancer threat include life events that inhibit ovulation, for example, pregnancy, breast feeding and removal of the ovaries. Factors that increase a woman's risk, apart from ovulation, are smoking, diet and family history.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by American Journal of Epidemiology
About: The 'pill' also prevents ovarian cancer
Date: 29 June 2005
Source: American Journal of Epidemiology
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