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Monticello Media is a new Charlottesville-based company formed solely to purchase and operate six radio stations in Charlottesville as of October 2007. We do not have radio stations in any other markets. Our only focus and interest is serving Charlottesville area listeners and businesses. As a privately-held company, we don't have to weigh the whims of Wall Street against the needs of the constituents we serve.

Monticello Media's station mix is based on custom research conducted in the Charlottesville market. Our stations are designed to satisfy the interest and desires of our community and to allow area businesses to reach the most desirable consumers.

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My eighteen-year-old daughter's periods are irregular, but unfortunately, her menstrual cramps are not—they are constant, agonizing spasms that send her to bed. She has tried aspirin to no avail, and now the doctor is suggesting birth control pills. Isn't this a rather dangerous kind of a cure? Don't birth control pills cause cancer? I certainly want to see my daughter freed from her pain, but I don't want her to exchange cramps for cancer.

—A.S.

Forf Lauderdale, Florida

The association of birth control pills and cancer was reported years ago when birth control pills were relatively new and high levels of estrogen were used to make them. Today's birth control pills combine progesterone and estrogen hormones in much smaller quantities and recent studies have shown that these newer pills are safe, especially if the woman who takes them is under thirty-five and a healthy nonsmoker with no history of diabetes or high blood pressure. There still is a higher incidence of phlebitis and blood clotting in women taking the birth control pill, but the contraceptive is not cancer-causing.

The birth control pill will regulate this young woman's menstrual cycle and it will also constrain the development of the endometrium, the uterine lining, that leaves the body as menstrual flow. There will be less blood during menstruation, and decreased prostaglandins, since they drop with the blood level. Without so many prostaglandins to cause cramps, the pain should subside or at least diminish. There are some women, however, who still suffer even though they are on the pill.

Prostaglandin-blocking drugs like Motrin, Anaprox, and Ponstel may be taken in addition to the birth control pill. In fact, while she's taking the pill, a woman knows exactly when to expect menstruation, and the time that she should begin to take Motrin, Anaprox, or Ponstel is much easier for her to figure out. When her cramps are really terrible, a woman should do everything she can to rid herself of them.

As long as a woman has her blood pressure checked twice a year, the pill is certainly safe, and a mother need not worry that her daughter will be increasing her chances of getting cancer.

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