Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Nuns should be taking Pill, say cancer experts

Nuns should go on the Pill, according to two cancer experts.

Dr Kara Britt and Professor Roger Short say that taking the contraceptive pill would protect nuns from breast, ovarian and womb cancer.

Deaths from all three diseases are known to be greater among "nulliparous" women such as nuns -- those who never have children.

The suggestion that nuns should be given the Pill is made in a comment piece that is published online by medical journal 'The Lancet'.

Childless women have more menstrual cycles than mothers, which is said to increase cancer risk.

Studies have shown that overall mortality among women using the Pill is 12pc lower than among those who have never taken the contraceptive pill, say the Australian experts.

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