Contraceptive pill associated with increased prostate cancer risk worldwide

Use of the contraceptive pill is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer around the globe, finds research published in BMJ Open.

Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the developed world and the use of the has soared over the past 40 years, say the authors.

The research team used data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the United Nations World Contraceptive Use report to pinpoint rates of prostate cancer and associated deaths and the proportion of women using common methods of for 2007.

They then analysed the data for individual nations and continents worldwide to see if there was any link between use of the contraceptive pill and illness and death caused by prostate cancer.

Their calculations showed that use of intrauterine devices, , or other vaginal barriers was not associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.

But use of the contraceptive pill in the population as a whole was significantly associated with both the number of new cases of, and deaths from, prostate cancer in individual countries around the world, the analysis showed. These findings were not affected by a nation's wealth.

The authors emphasise that their research is speculative and designed to prompt further consideration of the issues. As such, their analysis does not confirm cause and effect, and therefore definitive conclusions cannot be drawn, as yet.

But they refer to several recent studies which have suggested that oestrogen exposure may boost the risk of .

Excess oestrogen exposure is known to cause cancer, and it is thought that widespread use of the Pill might raise environmental levels of endocrine disruptive (EDCs) - which include by-products of oral contraceptive .

These don't break down easily, so can be passed into the urine and end up in the drinking water supply or the , exposing the general population, say the authors.

"Temporal increases in the incidence of certain cancers (breast, endometrial, thyroid, testis and prostate) in hormonally sensitive tissues in many parts of the industrialised world are often cited as evidence that widespread exposure of the general population to EDCs has had adverse impacts on human health," they write.

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Idiotboy
not rated yet Nov 16, 2011
Does anyone know if boiling the water will destroy oestrogen and the endocrine disruptive compounds (EDCs)?

So, one way birth control pills work is by killing the males of the species through prostate cancer ...
Sue Ann
not rated yet Nov 16, 2011
Has anyone looked at the correlation with use of unfermented soy products? As I recall, they have a compound that acts like estrogen.
Mezrael
not rated yet Nov 19, 2011
"Contraceptive pill associated with increased prostate cancer risk worldwide

1. Males do not take Contraceptive pills. Because none are on the market.
2. Women do not have a Prostate Gland.
3. This article is Stupid..LOL