Gone are the days when the pill was just good for birth control. Aside from preventing unwanted pregnancies and making your skin clearer, a new study has shown that it could also lower your risk of endometrial cancer, the kind of cancer that forms in the inner lining of the uterus and affects about two in every 100 women, according to the American Cancer Society.

Although previous research shows that taking the pill increases your risks for breast and liver cancer, a new study from the University of Oxford says that women who take the pill slash their risk of endometrial cancer by 25 percent.

Researchers say they still have to do further research to know how exactly the pill is protecting women from the disease, but it has something to do with a woman’s menstrual cycle. "We know that factors that reduce the number of ovulations during a woman's lifetime are associated with a reduced risk for both uterine and ovarian cancers," says Nicolas Wentzensen, M.D., of the US National Cancer Institute.

Doctors added that a woman taking the pill in her 20s will still benefit from it even when she’s in her late 50s since that’s when the cancer becomes more common.

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