I'm making this post to get the word out from a recent article from WebMD. You can read the article here:
The reason I post this (on baseball-football and hockey) is because this issue effects me greatly. At the age of 24, my wife was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. (you can imagine this is on the young side) She had the tumor removed, and went through chemo. We were newlyweds at the time (one year anniversary essentially), but she made it through that rough six months very well, and she's doing fine.
The reason I am posting this is because it confirms something her surgeon said during our initial consultations. He is a Spanish surgeon who worked over over in Spain in the 70's. I believe he even specialized in breast tumor removal. Regardless, he commented that when he was over there, he started to notice a larger number of "young" 20-40 women who were coming in with breast cancerous tumors. After moving to the States, and contined his practice for several years, he started to notice the same trend appearing in America. He specifically told us that it seemed that this trend started about 10 years after the introduction of Birth Control Pills in the respective countries (apparently it because popular in Europe in the 60s). When he told us this, there weren't a lot of scientific studies being done, but it seems like there is some evidence now which supports his hypothesis.
I'm not saying birth control pills are bad. Heck, the odds of this happening are roughly 8%. (Ok, that may be a bit high) But the risk is there. My wife was very lucky to find it when she did (it was only 2mm) but it was still a very scary event to undertake. If you know someone is on birth control, make sure they keep up with their self exams and they keep up their good health.
Incidentally, if anyone needs any advice, consolation, etc. feel free to drop me a PM.