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2010-03-01 14:30:45

An eight-year prospective study of more than 30,000 postmenopausal Swedish women found that those who were using or had used HRT had significantly higher rates of cataract removal, compared with women who had never used HRT. Alcohol consumption seemed to increase HRT's harmful effect. The HRT study was led by Birgitta E. Lindblad, MD, Sundsvall Hospital, Sweden as part of the Swedish Mammography Cohort (SMC), established to study lifestyle factors and chronic diseases. "If future studies...

2010-02-08 06:54:18

Postmenopausal hormone therapy and asthma onset in the E3N cohort Estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may increase the risk of developing asthma after the menopause, suggests a large scale study published ahead of print in the journal Thorax. The authors base their findings on 57,664 women, who were quizzed about their use of HRT and development of asthma symptoms every two years between 1990 and 2002. All the women were taking part in the French E3N study, which includes almost...

2009-12-02 13:05:17

Even when informed about risks, benefits, only 6% would take drug Even when women at high-risk of breast cancer are well-informed about the risks and benefits of using the drug tamoxifen for prevention, only 6 percent said they were likely to take it. Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center created a decision aid designed to inform women about the risks and benefits associated with tamoxifen, a drug that was first used to stop breast cancer from returning and has...

2009-08-20 11:10:00

Researchers find gap in cancer screening in Ontario based on incomeLess than half of Ontario women with abnormal Pap tests receive recommended and potentially life-saving follow-up care, according to a new women's health study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). What's more, low-income women are less likely to be screened for cancer compared to their high-income counterparts."Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable forms...

2009-05-19 11:37:43

The risk of developing breast cancer due to taking hormone replacement therapy appears to be the same for women with a family history of the disease and without a family history, a University of Rochester Medical Center study concluded. The study, published online this week in the journal Epidemiology, adds to the evolving picture of what factors, either alone or in combination, boost breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women. It also refutes the notion, held by many in the medical...

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2009-05-12 14:42:46

A new research study suggests that as the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has fallen in recent years, so too has the incidence of heart attacks in older women, Reuters reported. The Women's Health Initiative in 2002 reported a sharp decline in HRT use after it was found to lead to increased risk of heart attacks and other heart disease "events" among healthy postmenopausal women. The "natural experiment" caused by the dramatic decline in HRT use following the 2002 report was used to...

2009-02-25 11:40:12

Low to moderate alcohol consumption among women is associated with a statistically significant increase in cancer risk and may account for nearly 13 percent of the cancers of the breast, liver, rectum, and upper aero-digestive tract combined, according to a report in the February 24 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.With the exception of breast cancer, little has been known about the impact of low to moderate alcohol consumption on cancer risk in women.To determine...

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2009-02-25 07:15:00

Ladies, a glass of wine a day may increase your chances of developing cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, a drink a day causes 7,000 cancer cases - primarily breast cancer - in the United Kingdom each year. The risk increases with consumption, the information pulled on a million women implies. Overall, alcohol causes 13% of breast, liver, rectum, mouth and throat cancers. They guess that 5,000 breast cancer cases in the UK can be accredited to alcohol consumption. The study reviewed...

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2009-01-14 16:09:04

A large study of U.S. women suggests that obese women may have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer than their thinner counterparts. Ovarian cancer has a higher death rate than most because in the initial stages it typically has vague symptoms or none at all. A U.S. study involving more than 94,000 women between the ages of 50 and 71 who were followed for more than 7 years noted several connections between obesity and ovarian cancer. The researchers found that obese women were the most...

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2009-01-05 10:45:09

A new epidemiological study has found that among women who have never used menopausal hormone therapy, obese women are at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer compared with women of normal weight. Published in the February 15, 2009 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the research indicates that obesity may contribute to the development of ovarian cancer through a hormonal mechanism. Ovarian cancer is the most fatal of gynecologic malignancies,...


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