Oral contraceptive use in women at increased risk of breast/ovarian cancer: knowledge and attitudes

Psycho-Oncology, 04/27/2012

Although recall bias may have affected some women, there is a clear need to improve the consistency of information delivered to women at risk of hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer, to ensure informed contraceptive choices are made.


  • Eighty–three past female patients of an Australian hereditary cancer clinic aged 18–50 years completed a self–report questionnaire to assess their contraceptive practices, knowledge and information needs (44% response rate).


  • Ninety–two percent of participants had previously used the COCP, with a mean knowledge score of 3.63 out of 8.
  • Nearly 40% reported that their family history of cancer was one reason they discontinued/avoided using the COCP.
  • Women reported receiving insufficient COCP information and preferred a targeted information leaflet to answer their questions.

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