HRT After Breast Cancer Does Not Increase Risk of Cancer Recurrence
More good news was recently revealed in the debate about hormone replacement
therapy--or HRT--and breast cancer. Research published in the Journal
of the National Cancer Institute [5/16/01] showed that in women previously
diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, taking HRT DID NOT increase their subsequent
risk of either breast cancer recurrence or early death. In fact, this study
showed that taking HRT may actually have a protective effect against breast
cancer recurrence AND premature death.
at the University of Washington in Seattle found that the rate of cancer recurrence
in women who used HRT after having been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer
was approximately HALF of what it was in nonusers.
When they evaluated causes of death in these women, the researchers found that
the risk of death from breast cancer was three times greater in the women
who did NOT use HRT than in the women who did. When death from ALL causes was
evaluated, the women who did NOT take HRT had TWICE the risk of death compared
to the women who took HRT.
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Created: 7/10/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.