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Psychooncology. 2013 Jan;22(1):228-32. doi: 10.1002/pon.2049. Epub 2011 Sep 9.

Oral contraceptive use in women at increased risk of breast/ovarian cancer: knowledge and attitudes.

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  • 1Faculty of Medicine, University of NSW, Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Several of the health benefits and risks associated with the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) are particularly relevant to women at risk of hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer.

METHODS:

Eighty-three past female patients of an Australian hereditary cancer clinic aged 18-50 years completed a self-report questionnaire to assess their contraceptive practices, knowledge and information needs (44% response rate).

RESULTS:

Ninety-two percent of participants had previously used the COCP, with a mean knowledge score of 3.63 out of 8. Nearly 40% reported that their family history of cancer was one reason they discontinued/avoided using the COCP. Women reported receiving insufficient COCP information and preferred a targeted information leaflet to answer their questions.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although recall bias may have affected some women, there is a clear need to improve the consistency of information delivered to women at risk of hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer, to ensure informed contraceptive choices are made.

Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

PMID:
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