Birth control and cancer

Whenever there’s news about birth control, be sure that it will be reported in wild ways. Sex sells! Or, at the very least, it’s very good clickbait. Recently, a link between birth control and breast cancer was confirmed by a recent study. It’s worth parsing through the details, however.

To put this link into context:

The risk contributed by hormonal contraception, [Mia Gaudet, an epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society] says, is similar to the extra breast cancer risk contributed by physical inactivity, excessive weight gain in adulthood, or drinking an average of one or more alcoholic drinks per day.

As Lifehacker points out, “copper IUDs do not contain any hormones, and they’re an excellent option for many people.”