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Birth control pill and other hormonal contraceptives
Oral contraceptives have been used in Canada since 1960 to help prevent unwanted pregnancy. Today the pill is the most popular form of birth control in Canada and the United States, used by nearly 20% of women aged 15–49.
The birth control pill contains manufactured versions of 2 female hormones – estrogen and progesterone. This type of pill is called combined hormone contraception. The hormones work together to prevent pregnancy by inhibiting the release of eggs from the ovary.
Seeing my sister Erin – a young mother – struggle with the emotional blow and then the physical toll of cancer treatment made me want to do something to help women feel confident.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.