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Nuns should take contraceptive pills, say docs

Two Australian doctors have suggested that Catholic nuns be given contraceptive pills.

Dr Kara Britt and Professor Roger Short said that the Pill would protect nuns from the 'accursed pest' of cancer, which has been recognised for 300 years, reports the Independent.

Like other women who do not have children, nuns are at an increased risk of dying from breast, ovarian or uterine cancers.

Studies show that women who have taken the contraceptive pill at anytime in their lives - the effect lasts for at least 20 years - have a 50-60 per cent reduced risk of ovarian and uterine cancer.

The report was published in the medical journal The Lancet.

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