Latest Research on Hormone Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer

Hormone replacement therapy has been used to treat temporary menopausal symptoms including hot flashes and long term health, including prevention of heart disease and osteoporosis. According to the Mayo Clinic, that changed in 2002. Hormone replacement therapy treatment was giving more health concerns to postmenopausal women as the list of health hazards grew including the increased chances for blood clots, stroke, heart disease and breast cancer.

An 10/19/10 study from HealthDay news is now claiming that hormone replacement therapy is much more riskier in the result of breast cancer.

The study appearing in the 10/20/10 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association is showing an increase of death with hormone replacement therapies with estrogen-plus-progestin, or combined hormone therapy, not estrogen-alone therapy.

Women involved in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a study (1991-2002) that studied the effects of postmenopausal hormone therapy, diet modification, and calcium and vitamin D supplements on heart disease, fractures, and breast and colorectal cancer.

The results of the WHI study showed an increase for breast cancer in women who took a combination of hormone replacement therapy, mainly estrogen-plus-progestin. Women who fell in this category had an increased chance of getting all-encompassing breast cancer, to have cancer spread through the lymph nodes and twice as likely to die from any cause after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis.

So while hormone replacement therapy is a personal decision to make (The reasons for taking HRT include easing the symptoms that come with menopause -vaginal dryness, itching, & hot flashes) knowing the risks and the latest outcomes of studies are important before making that decision.

And as always it is very important to talk to your doctor about the benefits and the risks pertaining to you before taking any medicine.

SOURCES: New York City; Oct. 20, 2010, Journal of the American Medical Association; October 19, 2010, HealthDay


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