Catholic nuns should take contraceptive pills to fight breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer, say two Aussie doctors

Reuters-via Interaksyon.com-cites an article written by doctors Kara Britt of Monash University and Roger Short of the University of Melbourne, which was published in The Lancet medical journal. Britt and Short suggest that Catholic nuns should be offered the contraceptive pill "on health grounds" since it would cut their risk of getting breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer.

Reuters-via Interaksyon.com-cites an article written by doctors Kara Britt of Monash University and Roger Short of the University of Melbourne, which was published in The Lancet medical journal. Britt and Short suggest that Catholic nuns should be offered the contraceptive pill "on health grounds" since it would cut their risk of getting breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer.

 

The report noted: "The vow of chastity taken by the world’s 95,000 Catholic nuns carries with it an increased risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancers - all of which are more common in women who do not have children. It is a problem that has been recognized for hundreds of years. In 1713, Italian physician Bernadino Ramazzini reported nuns had extremely high rates of the accursed pest,’ breast cancer."


The article went on to explain: "Lack of pregnancy and lactation means childless women have more menstrual cycles, which increases cancer risk, while those who have children further decrease their risk if they have first babies while young, have several children and breastfeed."

 

Britt and Short further reavealed that the "overall mortality in women using the contraceptive pill is around 12 percent lower than in those who have never used it and the risk of developing ovarian and endometrial cancers falls by 50 to 60 percent." They said that "using the pill might still be possible under regulations on birth control set out by Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae in 1968," which states that "the Church in no way regards as unlawful therapeutic means considered necessary to cure organic diseases, even though they also have a contraceptive effect."

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Still, Britt and Short pointed out that "the pill can also carry its own dangers, such as the risk of blood clots with the combined oestrogen-progestogen version."  Thus, the "suitability of [the] nuns would have to be assessed according to their individual medical histories."

 

For more on this story, read the Reuters article posted on Interaksyon.com.

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