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Will intake of hormonal tablets cause breast cancer ?

Hi Doctor, Am taking Tarana tablets for irregular periods. Also having cyst in overies. am 27 years old girl . Am working in IT sector. Recently i have read an artical. In This Who are all womens taking hoemonal tablets, they will cause breast cancer? is this true?. am afraid about this?. can you please explain doctor.
Wed, 11 Apr 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello
Thanks for your query.

I will try my best to provide you with best possible professional recommendations to your questions.

Tarana contains drospirenone, a progestin, and ethinyl estradiol, an estrogen. Estrogen can accelerate the existing breast cancer but low doses of estrogen does not appear to increase the risk of development of breast cancer. PCOD is very common cause for irregular periods.

As you have mentioned all women taking this drug will develop breast cancer is not true.

Yet again, I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

Regards
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General & Family Physician Dr. Neelam Ashish Vanjari's  Response
Hi,
As you know Tarana tablets are nothing but hormonal pills containing estrogen-progesterone.
This drug treats irregular period as well as gives protection for ovarian cyst.
Now regarding cancer risk; recent studies have shown that using the hormonal pills for a year or more helps protect against uterine cancer. Long-term Pill use protects against ovarian cancer. However, the research is mixed about breast cancer. Breast cancer risk may be slightly increased by the Pill for women with a family history of breast cancer. Women who have a personal history of breast cancer should not take the Pill.
I hope I have clarified your doubt.
Take care.

Best regards,
Dr. Neelam.
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Oncologist, Radiation Dr. Rushi Panchal's  Response
Estrogen hormone as a causation of breast cancer have proven beyond doubt in etiology of cancer,thats the reason antiestrogen(Tab Tamoxifen/Tab leterozole) has been used widely in ER/PR receptor possitive breast cancer patients. so if you are taking hormonal tablet but particularly high dose estrogen containing tablet then only you are at risk not with progesteron hormone tablets. this estrogen hormonal table on long run use will cause breast cancer not for short term theraputic use.so if you r been using it for long term then only you need to worry but not short term(2-3months)course of treatment.
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