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Ovarian cancer and oral contraceptives: collaborative reanalysis of data from 45 epidemiological studies including 23257 women with ovarian cancer and 87303 controls

Beral, Valerie; Doll, Richard; Hermon, C; Peto, Richard; Reeves, Gillian K; Brinton, L A; Green, Adele; Marchbanks, P; Negri, E; Ness, R; Peeters, P; Vessey, Martin; Banks, Emily

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Background: Oral contraceptives were introduced almost 50 years ago, and over 100 million women currently use them. Oral contraceptives can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, but the eventual public-health effects of this reduction will depend on how long the protection lasts after use ceases. We aimed to assess these effects. Methods: Individual data for 23 257 women with ovarian cancer (cases) and 87 303 without ovarian cancer (controls) from 45 epidemiological studies in 21 countries were...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/33446
Source: Lancet, The (UK edition)
DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(08)60167-1

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