Oral-Contraceptive Use and the Risk of Breast Cancer

Jonas Ranstam, Håkan Olsson, Torgil R. Möller, Herbert Ratner, Janet P. Realini, Margaret F. McCann, Richard W. Sattin, Phyllis A. Wingo, Nancy C. Lee, Samuel Shapiro

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To the Editor: The study on oral-contraceptive use and the risk of breast cancer from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Aug. 14 issue)1 seems to be reassuring for oral-contraceptive users. But, as stated in the editorial by Shapiro in the same issue,2 there are some weak points that need further elucidation. We have found a highly increased risk of breast cancer among young (teenage) oral-contraceptive users in southern Sweden.3 From incidence figures for Sweden, an increase in premenopausal breast cancer can be seen to have started in about 1975,…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-164
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 15 1987

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