Drugs: Do the Pills Cause Cancer?

Are the 3,000,000 or more U.S. women who are taking birth-control pills running an increased risk of developing cancer? Doctors at last week's A.M.A. meeting had a double reason for supplying answers. Many of them have been prescribing the pills for years, and it was an A.M.A. publication that unintentionally started the latest cancer scare. The consensus was more than reassuring: women who take oral contraceptives do not incur any added risk of cancer, said the experts, and there are even glimmers of hopeful though preliminary evidence that the pills may actually...

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