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Day
17
Month
May
Year
1974
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4 t' SA V f A team of medical researchers has found that one of every six women taking birth control pills shows false symptoms of cáncer. New York doctors John Lindenbaum and Franklin Reyner and biologist Nancy Whitehead report that their discovery indicates that many wor.ien could be treated for cáncer by mistake. Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the three researchers state that they tested 1 15 women who use birth control pills for cáncer of the cervix and the vagina. Nineteen percent of the women tested, they state, showed an abnormal cell growth associated with pre-malignancy. ín a control group of 50 other women. none oí whom were taking oral con traceptives, not one showeda similar cell change. The doctors found that the idence of premalignant change was caused by the fact that the linings of the cervix and vagina were not getting enoueh folie acid vitamin to develop normally, because the sex hormones in "the pill" has speeded up the use of the vitamin.