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(Studio) 10 million women take estrogen in birth control pills. 4-5 billion take it during menopause. Possible that blood test could identify those who could develop blood clots due to estrogen and blood-thinning drug could then be used.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Estrogen could be causing cancer epidemic. 400 women die each year due to disorders related to birth control pills. Estrogen may increase risk of birth defects and pills for menopause like Premarin linked with breast cancer and cancer of uterus. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) commissioner, Dr. Alexander SCHMIDT - says evidence strong enough for public to be aware of estrogen dangers.] [Ayerst Labs. Vice President, Dr. Chester J. CAVALLITO - says cause and effect relations between estrogen and cancer not established [Senator Edward KENNEDY - asks if Cavallito is unconvinced.] [CAVALLITO - says yes.] FDA (Food and Drug Administration) prepares new inserts for pills with estrogen, warning doctors and patients of dangers.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Stahl, Lesley
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