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Question from Charlene: Dr. Hartmann, I have recently been diagnosed with estrogen-receptor-positive cancer. My daughter has been on birth control pills for the past five years. Should we consider having her stop taking them?
Answers - Lynn Hartmann There are good studies available now that do not show an increase in risk of breast cancer in women who take birth control pills. I think that it is safe for your daughter to continue to use the pill.

This Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Risk Reduction featured Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Lynn Hartmann answering your questions about breast cancer risk factors and ways to lower your risk.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2006.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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