$566K Grant Will Support Research on Use of Contraceptive Pill to Prevent Ovarian Cancer

$566K Grant Will Support Research on Use of Contraceptive Pill to Prevent Ovarian Cancer
A $566,000 grant, awarded via the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, will support research in Australia that aims to establish the use of contraceptive pills as an effective strategy for preventing ovarian cancer. The three-year grant will enable researchers to continue exploring how changes in female reproductive hormones impact the risk of ovarian cancer. Researchers also will study how medications already available may help lessen this risk. Women who have children or use combined contraceptive pills are at a lower risk of having ovarian cancer — illustrating the link between female reproductive health and cancer development. In fact, using these pills for three to five years has been associated with a nearly 50% decrease in cancer risk, Pradeep Tanwar, PhD, a professor at the University of Newcastle, in Australia, and a researcher at the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), said in a press release. Tanwar, the group leader of the University’s gynecology oncology program, has been studying this correlation for the past 10 years. Through this research, he and his team found in 2016 that contraceptive pills, especially those high in progesterone, may protect against ovarian cancer via the progesterone receptor, found in early ovarian lesions. Overall, the ongoing work has a big goal: it looks to reframe the use of the contraceptive pill, how hormones drive cancer, and how cancer can b
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