By Karin McCay| email
Edited by Jordyn Nelson
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Hormone replacement therapy was once commonly prescribed to women 50 and older. Today, the largest study ever commissioned on this suggests the risk was even greater than anyone first thought.
Dr. Rowan Chlebowski said that, "The cancers associated with estrogen plus progestin are more frequent...they can be more aggressive, and they are associated with increased risk of breast cancer death."
Dr. JoAnn Manson, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, is one of the researchers in the new study. She says some women turn to hormone therapy when their hot flashes, and other symptoms of menopause become too much to bear. She believes it should be a therapy of last resort. Women with a low risk for breast cancer can use hormone therapy for a short time, but only if they feel it's necessary to get their symptoms under control.
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