Breast cancer is still a major health problem for women in the world, including Indonesia. The commemoration of International Pink Ribbon Day every October 26, arouse us on the importance of healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of the major leading cause of death from cancer each year in Indonesia. One of the myth mentioned the use of oral contraceptives may increase the risk of breast cancer in women. Is it true?
Group GM Reproductive Health & Contraceptive Business Unit DKT Indonesia and Andalan Products, Aditya A. Putra reveals “Study about the connection between oral contraceptive use and the risk of breast cancer is still become a debate. Therefore, women who have the risk factors for breast cancer are not advisable to use the hormonal birth control”.
He further explains “Women with obesity, get a history of breast cancer in her family, often consume alcohol, smoke and rarely to exercise, included in the group with high risk factors. A prolonged use of hormone therapy may enhance the possibility of developing breast cancer. But nowadays, for women who had used birth control pills should not be afraid, because birth control pills are now produced with lower dose”.
“If worried about the hormonal effects, Intra Uterine Devices could represent an effective and efficient option. IUD does not contain hormones, so it will not increases the risk of breast cancer. IUD can also be a suitable choice for nursing mothers, because it does not affect the breast milk quality, as one of the benefits of breastfeeding could reduce the risk of breast cancer” closed Pak Aditya.
Here are some tips to consider in choosing contraceptive method, to reduce the risk of breast cancer:
- Use a non-hormonal contraceptives such as IUDs Andalan TCu 380A Safe Load or Silverline IUD, as well as contraceptive that contains lower estrogen hormones
- Choose a long-term contraceptive method which is more effective and efficient way to prevent pregnancy, and does not interfere with infertility
- In addition to safe and practical, long-term contraceptive methods just like IUD does not affect the production and quality of breast milk, so it is safe to use for breastfeeding mothers
- Consult with your Andalan’s midwife or obstetrician
The study shows that the use of contraception will actually improve the health of a woman, with some benefits including reducing the risk of ovarian cancer, reduce acne, reduce the risk of endometriosis, as well as help to reduce anemia.