According to a study, spirals can reduce a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer by more than 30%
- Women who used contraceptive devices for intrauterine devices (IUDs) were able to reduce their risk of ovarian cancer by 15% to 32%.
- The risk was reduced if women used hormonal or non-hormonal spirals
- The researchers believe that IUDs fight estrogen, the hormone that increases the risk of multiple cancers
- Ovarian cancer ranks fifth among women's cancer deaths, with an estimated 14,000 in 2019 dying
A new study found that women who use intrauterine devices (IUDs) for contraception may be at lower risk for ovarian cancer.
The researchers found that IUDs could reduce their cancer risk by up to 32 percent.
In addition, the benefits were recognized whether women have opted for the hormonal or the non-hormonal spiral.
The University of Colorado Medical School team says doctors should consider cancer risk when prescribing IUDs and other contraceptives to their patients.
A recent study by the University of Colorado Medical School has found that women with the hormonal and non-hormonal spiral can reduce their cancer risk by up to 32% (file image).
Ovarian cancer occurs when the disease emanates from the cells in and around the ovary.
Symptoms include persistent abdominal pain and / or flatulence, heartburn, frequent urination, and rapid satiety.
In most cases, women over 50 or postmenopausal women are affected by ovarian cancer.
Cancer has been termed a "silent killer" because it is diagnosed in 80 percent of cases at an advanced stage when it has spread to other parts of the body.
However, if a woman is caught at an early stage, she has a chance of survival of more than 90 percent.
It is estimated that more than 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and around 14,000 will die in 2019.
Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer death among women and is responsible for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
"We know that ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecological cancer. Everything we can do to reduce this risk is very important, "said lead author Dr. Lindsay Wheeler, a staff member for gynecological oncology at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
For the study, published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, the team reviewed 11 previous studies on this topic.
The researchers found that regardless of whether women used the hormonal or non-hormonal IUD, the devices could reduce the risk of cancer by a factor of one 15 to 32 percent.
After some analysis, the team believes that the risk has been lowered because the IUD fights hHigh estrogen levels, the hormone that has been shown to increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
"Many types of spirals contain hormones and have an anti-estrogenic effect that can help women at high risk for ovarian and uterine cancer," said Drs. Saketh Guntupalli, professor of gynecological oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
"The second reason was that all the different types of spirals … led to some local inflammatory effects … Immune cells multiply and are believed to stop the cancerous danger. & # 39;
Further research is focused on an IUD type and whether the duration of a woman's life is relevant. The results, however, are "unbelievably convincing," according to the authors.
IUDs are one of the most effective forms of contraception that require little maintenance.
They are 99 percent effective – which means that fewer than one in every 100 women using an IUD get pregnant every year – and they can be between three and six years old, which means it's preferred by healthcare professionals.