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Most birth control pills contain estrogen, which raises the red flag of breast cancer risk. Some studies have shown increased risk in current and former Pill users. Recently, Pill users got good news from Dr. Valerie Beral, chief of cancer epidemiology at Oxford University, who has performed the most comprehensive review ever of the research investigating the link between the Pill and breast cancer: 54 studies in 25 countries involving more than 150,000 women. Beral found that birth control pills raise a woman’s breast cancer risk 24 percent while she is taking them. But as soon as she stops, that risk begins to decline. After 10 years post-Pill, a woman will again have only an average breast cancer risk.

The Pill is generally a young woman’s contraceptive. Women take it during their teens and 20s, and then usually switch to another method during their 30s. Breast cancer becomes a health concern for most women during their 40s. According to Beral, if women stop using the Pill by their mid-30s, their years on it won’t increase their risk of breast cancer when the disease becomes a health concern. -M.C.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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