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Hormone replacement shown to increase cancer risk

Posted On Wed, August 18, 2010

There has been an ongoing debate over the use of hormone replacement for women. Now, however, new findings support the notion that hormone therapy can be a risky move for some women.

Recent research from the American Association for Cancer Research reveals that women who took hormone replacements for more than 15 years had a 19 percent greater chance of developing breast cancer than those who did not receive any therapy.

University of Southern California doctor student Tanmai Saxena says that the research shows just how complex hormone therapy can be.

"This is evidence that the story is complicated," said Saxena. "The benefits of hormone therapy for relief of postmenopausal symptoms among women are clear, but the risks are more complicated than we had previously thought."

The Mayo Clinic says that while hormone replacement is no longer automatically given to post-menopausal women, some benefits of the treatment in the short-term include protection against osteoporosis and heart disease.

Deciding whether to take hormone replacement can be a personal decision. People who have heart disease or cancer tend to pay more for life insurance, making the decision to take estrogen even more complicated. ADNFCR-2297-ID-19925468-ADNFCR

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