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August 15, 2007

More on Hormone Therapy

The debate over the link between breast cancer on hormone replacement therapy continues with the latest study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The investigators set out to assess whether the marked decline in U.S. breast cancer incidence since 2003 is a result of a decline in certain screening mammography rates.  They answered this question in the negative, and noted that the decline in HRT utilization is a much likelier explanation for the decline in breast cancer incidence.

They conclude: "Our results suggest that a decline in postmenopausal hormone therapy use has contributed to the decline in breast cancer incidence in the United States and that the small decline in screening mammography observed in the United States is unlikely to explain the national declines in breast cancer incidence."

I have commented on this issue previously, and I will simply note here that this issue, like much that has to do with breast cancer, is likely to remain controversial.

(h/t Feminist Law Professors)


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