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Hormonal Birth Control Linked to Glioma Brain Cancer

Ohio Pharmaceutical Lawyer: Hormonal Birth Control and Glioma


Glioma is a cancerous tumor originating in the spine or brain and affecting neural pathways.  Recent medical literature evaluated the correlation between hormonal birth control and glioma. The authors reported that certain hormonal contraceptives used in premenopausal women is correlated with Glioma.

The study results were released by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology using data acquired in Denmark. The study compared 300 women up to age 49 who had been diagnosed with Glioma to 2,000 women up to age 49 who had not been diagnosed with Glioma. While “correlation” is not “causation”, this is an important piece of the global medical picture that a doctor may take into consideration when weighing the risks of certain contraceptives.

Gliomas may affect your brain function and be life-threatening depending on their location and growth rate. Gliomas are one of the most common types of primary brain tumors. The type of glioma you have helps determine your treatment and your prognosis. Treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and experimental clinical trials.

It was found that the risk for Glioma was especially higher in progestogen-only contraceptive tablets.  This finding is consistent with other studies linking Progesterone  to a rise in astrocytoma cells and growth factor levels, both which could encourage the growth and enhance the growth rate of Glioma. Lawyers allege drug manufacturers do not properly test their products before they are put to market.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio product liability attorney, investigating claims of hormonal birth control causing injuries and gliomas. If you or a loved one have been adversely affected by usage of contraceptive products, please do not hesitate to contact The Lyon Firm to learn about your legal rights. You may be able to recover past and future medical costs, lost wages, and damages related to pain and suffering. 

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