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Cancer Risk Increase in Under-50s

07/05/2013 11:30 BST | Updated 03/07/2013 10:12 BST
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According to new figures the amount of women getting breast cancer under the age of 50 has topped over 10'000 - seeing the figures up a total of 11% in 15 years.

The rise is being put down to women taking the pill and having children later, though there are likely to be other factors contributing as well.

Organisations are stressing for women not to worry about these figures, and for them just to keep checking their breasts for any differences in feel, size and pain.

However it is not necessarily those things that will cause the most worry. instead, it is likely to be a bigger worry to younger people again.

Many young people, especially between 16 and 30 are either on the pill or have, at some point, been on the pill. They now have to try to ignore the potentially clear risks or question whether they want to continue taking the contraceptive pill.

It isn't of course just the young that take the pill, other women also take it for health reasons and because they still do not want to have a child (or perhaps another child) - it will obviously cause as much concern to these women as to younger women.

And it is a tough choice that women will face. I myself, on the pill for four years, mainly for health reasons and just for my own peace of mind look at these figures and get a little worried. I cannot get pregnant, it would do my heart problem no good at all and I certainly aren't ready to be a parent yet, but being on the pill for so long isn't healthy - so what do I do?

I don't want to get pregnant, but I don't want a higher risk of cancer or various other pill side effects.

But to all the other women out there having a small panic about this, do not fear. There are other contraceptive methods out there, including injections and implants and while the idea may make you a bit squeamish it is surely worth considering if the statistics today have worried you.

And if you don't want to stop taking the pill, then of course, you can ask your doctor for advice but don't think for one minute you are condemning yourself to cancer - because you are not.

Plus, let us look on the bright side, more women are surviving breast cancer now because of better medication/devices/cures/treatments and also because of quicker and sooner diagnosis.

Make the right decision for you, talk to your doctor and make sure you check yourself early. The most important thing is to look after yourself not to bite your nails in terror every time you put the pill in your mouth.