New study found that women who used to take contraception pill for five years have twice as much chance of developing cervical cancer when compared to women who never took the pill. Researchers investigated the cases and found that women up to age of 50 who never used the pill have a smallest risk of developing cervical cancer and the ones that used the pill for a decade had increased risk of the same disease. Cervical cancer usually affects women in middle 30s when many of them are on the pill.

Although some older studies linked contraceptive pills with risk of developing cervical cancer this is the first study that claims that this connection is just temporary because ten years after women stop taking the pill they have the same risk of developing cervical cancer as the women who never took the pill.

Some previous studies pointed that birth control pills raise the chance of developing breast cancer and that it could be triggered by hormone imbalances but those same hormones can protect women from ovarian and womb cancer and unlike breast and cervical cancer it’s not possible to screen for ovarian and womb cancer.

Scientists say that fear of possible cervical cancer should not be the reason for women to stop taking the pill and as long as they regularly get screened for cervical cancer the risk is minor. If cervical cancer is detected in it’s early stages it can be cured.