Breast cancer risk outlasts hormones

Full story: Baltimore Sun

The millions of women who abandoned hormone replacement six years ago when research showed it increased the risk of serious illness are more likely to develop breast cancer than women who didn't take the ...
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disgusted1960

Madison, WI

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Mar 5, 2008
 
It seems there are very few things that don't increase your risk of cancer these days. The quality of someone's life is more important than the number or days that they spend on this planet. If the HRT helps, then each woman should weight the risk for themselves. Menopause can be a very difficult time for many women and definitely affects the quality of their daily well being as well as the relationships they have with other people in their lives. To blame HRT for breast cancer in ever woman who takes it and happens to develop breast cancer, it ridiculous. There are many other factors to consider ... how about the very important fact that over -weight women are more prone to breast cancer combined with the fact that the majority of "american" women are obese and do nothing to try to stay fit and healthy. Some of these over weight women also have a family history of breast cancer which puts them at a greater risk as well. So if the study was done in America and the majority of women are already at risk (based on their unhealthy life styles) how can you say that HRT is the reason when they develope breast cancer? When these reports come out it scares women who could otherwise be helped, but are frightened away from treatment.
previousHRTtaker

Bloomfield, NJ

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Mar 6, 2008
 
I was on HRT for seven years and stoppedit when my pcp called me and told me too about 6/7 years ago. I had been a smoker for many years and have not smoked for 25 years. I had my mammograms every year and lo and behold two years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy and radiation treatment (it was caught early). I contribute my breast cancer to both smoking and HRT. People who claim that it is ridiculous to blame HRT, smoking, etc. are not facing facts. They need to wake up and do some research. Breast cancer is no fun.
HRT off and on again

United States

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Mar 6, 2008
 
I too was on HRT for years, and off it when all the publicity hit, but experienced an increase in osteoarthritis, so my Dr. put me back on another type of HRT. Within a year my yearly mammogram showed a lump that was suspicious. The radiologist told me it had been there the previous year and he missed it! I had a lumpectomey and brachytherapy, and am currently 4 years post cancer with no recurrence. Arimidex side effects are nearly worse than the menopause symptoms.

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