Research on birth control contradicts comments from Bishop

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Apr 25, 2014 4:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Harrisburg's recently-installed Roman Catholic Bishop is asserting birth control is causing many cancers in women, but the current scientific consensus doesn't agree.


Speaking on WITF’s Smart Talk, Bishop Ronald Gainer discussed several familiar topics: Pope Francis, outreach to the poor, and gay marriage.

But when asked about birth control, he said science is proving taking the pill isn't right.

"The facts are from those who are doing research into the effects of chemical birth control that we can find the roots to many, many of these diseases of cancer in women due to birth control."

Gainer also says a number of amazing incidences of cancer in women exist because of birth control, although he says long-term effects still need to be studied.

"This is gonna have to be a long term study, but I've read things by researchers, breast cancer alone, the incidences of that, I think are being shown clinically to be traceable to the use of this hormone adjustment in women," says Gainer.

His comments stand in direct contrast to authoritative research collected by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health and the group Susan G. Komen For The Cure.

The National Cancer Institute says there is a slight increase to the risk of breast cancer, and Susan G. Komen says its between a 10 and 30 percent increase.

Both point to more than 50 studies showing the increase decreases once women stop taking the pill, and risk returns to normal after a decade.

The rate of cervical cancer has been shown to increase, but not because of birth control, but rather sexual activity.

The National Cancer Insitute says research shows women who use oral contraceptives have reduced risks of ovarian and endometrial cancer.

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  • Tommy Hauck img 2014-04-25 07:34

    once again, a liberal media outlet trying to destroy what the bishop said, i think this is the first time that witf ever took it upon themselves to research what a guest on radio smart talk said.

    it shows that there is an agenda here, to spread the demented "new" ideas that society is pushing.....i dont want to list them here it would be to long, but i am sure you know what i mean.

    the bishop was only stating facts, and the facts are these. birth control does interfere with the natural feelings, this is what separates us from the animal kingdom we have the intelligence to control our urges. sexual relations are a gift that was given to us by God that are to be used for creation and love between a married MAN AND WOMEN, and along with that comes respect for each other. not bed hopping as long as one has a condom or the morning after pill, this type of behavior has destroyed families and not to mention millions of children through the sure birth control that is called ABORTION!

    in closing long after witf fades off the air and the radio waves go silent, the eternal truths taught by the church will still be spoken, and deep down even those who condemn it know they are correct and that goes for witf.

  • Tommy Hauck img 2014-04-25 08:59

    one item that i failed also to say, i guess the reason that witf decided to investigate what the bishop of harrisburg said, was this no doubt was the most important guest they ever had. i have listened to this program for years, and usually most are forgettable, or the stories are redundant (such as liquor privatization or drilling tax) like friday's show. s.s.d.d. same show different day.

  • Tommy Hauck img 2014-04-25 09:05

    one item i failed to say, no doubt this guest, the bishop of harrisburg has been the most important guest this radio show has EVER had (most guests are forgettable) so this gave a "reporter" some fodder to investigate.

    i have listened to this program for years and a good number of these shows are redundant such as today's show (liquor privatization and shale tax) s.s.d.d. same show different day

  • ca.belchez img 2014-04-25 09:17

    The bishop's words are correct.

    El control artificial u hormonal exógeno de la natalidad puede afectar la fisiológia de la mujer a diferentes niveles. Pueden desencadenar el desarrollo de tumores, pero para que ello ocurra la mujer tiene que ser susceptible por su constitución genética (por "oncogenes" que se disparan por acción hormonal continua). Las hormona exógenas causan desarreglos hormonales generales que afectan el peso, causando generalmente sobrepeso, y posiblemente enfermedad mental. Conocí a una científica que estaba trabajando en el pastilla única por mes. Tuvo que terminar a su participación en el equipo debido a los problemas mentales que se desarrollaron después de estar en contacto con grandes cantidades de progesterona y estradiol. Estos anticonceptivos sintéticos (esteroides) pueden causar trombos y problemas circulatorios. Se está buscando alternativas al tratamiento con esteroides, que son los que causan tantos problemas. Todos los métodos conocidos son limitados y ocasionan dicontinuidades en el control artificial de la natalidad de cada mujer que agravan aun más la situación.

  • poetmanjohn img 2014-04-25 09:20

    And the pay, pray, obey Pewsitters, although shrinking in number, will buy it hook, line, and sinker.

  • Larry img 2014-04-25 10:33

    Hauck & Belchez,

    What are your qualifications that provides you the authority to comment on the risk factors of birth control.

    Having a BA in biology from a Catholic institution I know the risk factors of birth control are far less than driving an auto.

    Be careful on our roads, and if you are that frightened of the risk you may want to consider staying off the road.

    Leave empirical science to the scientist, religion to the faithful, and people informed of facts, not comments from pundits, to make their choices.

  • Mary H img 2014-04-25 11:18

    So Susan G. Komen says its between a 10 and 30 percent increase. Sounds like Bishop was on the mark. 30% to me is definitely an increased risk. Wonder if WITF staffers would like to take a drug that would increase their risks of cancer by that much? Not me.

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