The Pill’s cancer protection is good for 30 years

Women who use oral contraception are protected from colorectal, endometrial and ovarian cancer for at least 30 years after ceasing the drugs, according to UK research.

The findings are the latest analysis from a long-term follow-up of 46,000 women.

They show oral contraceptive use is associated with a 19% reduced risk of colorectal cancer, a 34% reduced risk of endometrial cancer and a 33% reduced risk of ovarian cancer.

It also reveals women who smoke have a reduced risk of lymphatic and haematopoietic cancers and an increased risk of lung cancer.

Current use of oral contraception is associated with an increased risk of breast and cervical cancer, which disappears about five years after stopping.

“There was no evidence of new cancer risks appearing later in life among women who had used oral contraceptives,” say the researchers.

“Thus, the overall balance of cancer risk among past