May 26, 2006, Newsletter Issue #18: Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Increase The Risk Of Breast Cancer

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Many women who experience the symptoms of menopause consider hormone replacement therapy. However, when using estrogens and progesterone to treat the symptoms of menopause, a woman's risk of developing breast cancer also increases.

Studies have shown that not only has long term HRT increased the risk of developing breast cancer, but it has also reduced the effectiveness of mammograms used in the detection of breast cancer. Anyone who has been on hormone replacement therapy for five years, should address their concern about this breast cancer hormone replacement risk factor.

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