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Health Alert: High dose estrogen birth control

Updated: Friday, August 1 2014, 04:58 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- A report released said recent use of some birth control pills may increase breast cancer risk in some women. 

Some women may need to ask about the amount of estrogen in the birth control pills they get at their pharmacy. The report found women who recently took high dose estrogen within the last year increased breast cancer risk.  Those on low-dose estrogen birth control pills did not.

Local 12 talked to Doctor Bill Schnettler to find out more about what this means and what women should talk to their doctor about in regards to their health.  He suggested women learn more about their own family history of breast cancer.

Dr. Schnettler said to ask, "If I am on this dosage of medication, and I have this background risk for breast cancer, is that really my best option?  And what really is my true risk for disease?"

It's important for women to note that there are a lot of options for birth control pills now and dosage does matter.

"Absolutely," said Dr. Schnettler.  "There is low dose medication, and there is high dose medication.  Typically it is a balance of what works best for your body.  And most women have had to be on different versions or doses of medication and often times find a better dose.  The lower you get, and perhaps that equates to lower risk."

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