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Depo-Provera linked to Breast Cancer
The FDA approved Depo-Provera (depo-medroxyprogesterone acetate) inOctober 1992 after being denied approval in 1972 and 1975. It is manufactured by Pfizer. Depo-Provera is used as a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. Depo-Provera was first linked to breast cancer in 2004. An April 2012 study published in the Cancer Research Journal examined the link between the Depo-Provera shot and breast cancer. The study showed that approximately 3.1 percent of young women diagnosed with breast cancer had used the Depo-Provera shot within the previous five years.
Depo Provera Side Effects Linked to Doubled Breast Cancer Risk
The manufacturers of Depo-Provera marketed the drug to prevent pregnancy, however, studies have shown that there is a possible link between Depo-Provera and breast cancer in young women who used the shot for a year or more. According to this study, using the Depo-Provera shot for a year or more than doubles the likelihood of developing breast cancer. According to this study (read more), women who used the drug for less than one year did not show any increased likelihood of developing breast cancer. Depo-Provera is a progestin-only birth control shot that prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation. The shot is given once every three months for a total of four shots a year.
Breast cancer in young women is rare, but the researchers that released this study were attempting to find and illuminate all the potential risks associated with birth control and contraceptives like depo-provera.
PLEASE SPEAK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE DISCONTINUING USE OF DEPO-PROVERA OR ANY OTHER PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.
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If you or one of your loved ones was diagnosed with breast cancer while on, or recently after discontinuing, the birth control shot Depo-Provera, you may want to speak with a Depo-Provera Lawyer regarding a potential claim. An injury attorney familiar with new developments in the investigation of Depo-Provera may be able to help you make important personal and legal decisions. d’Oliveira & Associates, P.C. is working with some of the leading lawyers in the country who are handling these cases.
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