(Reuters Health) - Invasive breast cancer rates have fallen since the substantial decline in postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) occurred, even after a decline in breast cancer screening rates, according to findings published in the 5th Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
"It's encouraging that breast cancer rates decreased with decreases in use of hormone therapy," Dr. Karla Kerlikowske told Reuters Health. This implies that women who stopped using hormone therapy in a relatively short period of time have a risk of breast cancer similar to women who have never used hormone therapy."(Read entire article)
When millions of U.S. women tossed out their prescriptions for hormone replacement therapy in 2002, the rates of breast cancer started dropping almost immediately, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday.
Their findings coincided with an early-release report from the U.K. that showed women who took hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause were 20 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer or die from it than postmenopausal women who never took HRT. (Read entire article)