It seems like ex-DOH secretary Esperanza Cabral can’t ignore the fact that oral contraceptive pills increases the risk of breast cancer.
In an interview in DZIQ (Philippine Daily Inquirer’s radio station), Esperanza Cabral admitted that “oral contraceptives posed a higher risk of breast cancer.” However, she tried to squirm away from that admission of fact by saying that, “oral contraceptives have bad side effects but there are more good effects.”
Then, the ex-DOH secretary mentioned the “good effects” of taking oral contraceptive pills which include the reduction of the risk of certain cancers; possible prevention of some breast diseases, pelvic inflammatory diseases, ectopic pregnancies; help in regulating blood flow during menstruation, which could prevent anemia; and provide protection against arthritis and osteoporosis.
Wow! That’s great news! Taking oral contraceptive pills has more “good effects” as opposed to one bad effect of having a higher possibility of getting breast cancer.
What a lame defense for oral contraceptive pills and also for the RH Bill, which will allow the government to flood the whole country with this breast cancer causing pill.
Excuses Esperanza Cabral in defense of the oral contraceptive pills and the RH Bill is nothing as compared to the fact that:
Yeah! Nakamamatay ang contraceptive pills. Many women who have breast cancer experience hardships in their lives. Some lose their money and properties just to sustain their medication. Some experience emotional strain and their loved ones were affected by what they are going through. Some lost their lives because of breast cancer.
Esperanza Cabral is a doctor and I am sure that she understands how serious breast cancer is. It is not a just simple side-effect. It is a major illness that kills many women around the world. How unprofessional it is for her to shrug off the breast cancer risk of oral contraceptive pills just by saying a list of “good effects.” Yes, a woman taking oral contraceptive pills may get the “good” side-effects but that doesn’t remove the fact that that woman will also get the fatal side-effect.
Oh! By the way, the good side-effects that Cabral mentioned in her interview can also be obtained through other means. Women don’t need to take oral contraceptive pills just to lessen the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers; prevent a host of diseases; improve blood flow and avoid anemia; and to be protected from arthritis and osteoporosis. Women only need to live a healthy lifestyle, eat a balanced diet and avoid carcinogenic substances to obtain those oral contraceptive pill “good” side-effects. Ask Esperanza Cabral about this and I am sure she will also answer in the affirmative.