Were you diagnosed with breast cancer after taking the birth control pill Ovcon (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone)? A recent study has identified a link between high dose estrogen oral contraceptives and breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. If you are currently taking Ovcon, you should talk to your doctor to determine whether the potential benefits of using the drug are worth the risk.
Free Ovcon Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with breast cancer after taking Ovcon, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Ovcon and we can help.
High-Dose Oral Contraceptives Linked to Breast Cancer: Study
A new study published in the medical journal Cancer Research has found that women who recently used oral contraceptives containing high dosages of estrogen have an increased risk of developing breast cancer compared to women who take other types of birth control pills. Researchers looked at the medical records and prescriptions of 1,102 women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and 21,952 controls who did not have the disease. Compared to women who formerly took oral contraceptives or never used them, the breast cancer risk was increased by approximately 50% for women who did. The study’s authors noted that the greatest risk was for high estrogen pills – and there was no risk found for low-dose formulations. The study was conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. Click Here to learn more.
What is Ovcon?
Ovcon combines the active ingredients estradiol and norethindrone to protect against pregnancy. The drug prevents ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary) and causes changes to the cervical mucus, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. Ovcon comes in 35 and 50-microgram (mcg) strengths. Women who take the 50-mcg version may have a greater risk of developing breast cancer compared to those who take the lower-dose version.
Breast Cancer Risk Factors
If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may want to consult your physician about whether taking a birth control pill like Ovcon is worth the risk. Most doctors don’t believe that low to moderate-dose estrogen contraceptive use is likely to change the risk in women who have close relatives with breast cancer. However, we don’t yet have the evidence to say how Ovcon use (at any strength) may affect breast cancer risk in those with a family history.
If you have a history of breast problems, such as benign lumps, you may also want to avoid estrogen-containing birth control pills. It is thought that the estrogen in the pill may increase your risk of developing the disease. It may be better to take a contraceptive that has lower estrogen. Nowadays, most women in the U.S. are automatically prescribed low estrogen combination birth control pills.
Can I File an Ovcon Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against Warner Chilcott Company, Inc., the maker of Ovcon, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of Ovcon, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that Warner Chilcott failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of breast cancer.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of Ovcon, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your breast cancer, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I Have an Ovcon Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Ovcon Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Ovcon Breast Cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Ovcon Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with breast cancer after taking Ovcon, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an Ovcon Suit and we can help.