Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hormone therapy ups breast cancer recurrence risk: study

Just found an article from Reuters showcasing a study that indicates women who stop HRT are still at some increased risk for breast cancer (and recurrence of breast cancer). I don't think this is a damned if you do/don't scenario, entirely. I really think studies such as this one point out how important it is to pay close attention to diet/exercise/state of mind after stopping HRT.

Here's a link to the article and a brief snippet below:
Hormone replacement therapy, which is known to increase the risk of breast cancer, also appears to make it more likely a tumor will return in women who have had the disease, researchers said on Tuesday.

Women who had earlier had breast cancer were 14 percent more likely to get it again if they used hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, researchers said in the U.S. Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

"The results ... indicate a substantial risk for a new breast cancer event among breast cancer survivors using hormone-replacement therapy," wrote researcher Lars Holmberg and colleagues at Kings College London.

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