There are around 7,500 new ovarian cancer cases in the UK every year, that’s 20 every day (2014-2016).
‘We know that ovarian cancer is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers. Anything we can do to decrease that risk is very important,’ said lead author Dr. Lindsay Wheeler, a gynecologic oncology fellow at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
Researchers found that, whether women used the hormonal or the non-hormonal IUD, the devices could lower their cancer risk by 15 to 32 percent.
The team believes the risk was lowered because the IUD combats high levels of estrogen, the hormone that has been shown to increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
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‘Many types of IUDs have hormones in them and exhibit anti-estrogenic effects which may help women who are at high risk for ovarian and uterine cancers,’ said Dr. Saketh Guntupalli, an associate professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
‘The second reason was that all the different kinds of IUDs…resulted in some local inflammatory effects. Immune cells increase and are thought to halt the threat of cancer.’
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