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2006-01-26 14:18:07

By Clementine Wallace NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who develop lung cancer appear to have lower survival rates if they have a history of using hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a study suggests. While previous studies have yielded mixed results, some demonstrating that estrogens increase the risk of lung cancer, others finding the hormone to be beneficial, "none of them had addressed the impact of HRT on the outcomes of lung cancer," notes Dr. Apar Kishor Ganti, from the...

2005-11-28 17:23:58

The number of women prescribed Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) fell rapidly in the Netherlands after widespread media coverage of the UK's Million Women Study, according to a paper in the December issue of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. However a study with similar findings, which received hardly any media attention in the country when it was published the previous year, had little impact on prescribing rates. Researchers led by a team from the University of Groningen...

2005-08-06 14:48:06

A woman's risk of developing breast cancer while taking hormone replacement therapy may be lower than we think, suggest researchers in this week's BMJ. The team, based at the New South Wales Breast Cancer Institute, used the latest data to estimate a woman's individual risk of breast cancer up to age 79 years in relation to hormone replacement therapy. This is known as the cumulative absolute risk. Until now, only population risk data have been available, so this analysis will help doctors...

2005-07-29 12:09:01

GENEVA (Reuters) - Women who take the birth control pill could increase their risk of cervical and breast cancer, scientists said on Friday. A review of research by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, part of the World Health Organization, concluded that oral contraceptives protected against some types of cancer but might trigger others. Previously, liver cancer was indicated as a risk for women who take the pill, IARC said. But the latest research...

2004-12-01 09:00:08

Hormone replacement therapy, which has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and stroke, should be used only in the short term to relieve menopausal symptoms, experts warned last night. Increased knowledge about the dangers of long-term use of HRT in the last two years has led to falling numbers of prescriptions and widespread confusion among women and the medical profession. Now the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has reviewed all the data...

2004-12-01 09:00:08

HORMONE replacement therapy, which has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and strokes, should be used only in the short term to relieve menopausal symptoms, doctors warned yesterday. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has reviewed all the data surrounding HRT and published its recommendations in a new book, Menopause and Hormone Replacement. The book recommends that HRT should continue to be prescribed for women with severe menopausal symptoms,...

2004-12-01 09:00:08

THE debate over the value of hormone replacement therapy has raged for the last 30 years. In the early 1990s several studies were published that suggested that HRT had a protective benefit in preventing bone loss that could lead to osteoporosis. In the mid- 1990s there were studies suggesting a protective benefit for coronary heart disease. But over the past two years the debate has become even more contradictory and confusing, with the medical fraternity playing ping-pong with a series of...

2004-12-01 06:00:13

HORMONE Replacement Therapy should only be used to treat the menopause for five years, experts warned yesterday. After that time the risk of taking the drug can outweigh the benefit. The report, by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, is designed to end the confusion over the safety of HRT after years of controversy. It recommends HRT should only be used in the short-term for women with severe menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats. But it...

2004-12-01 06:00:13

HORMONE replacement therapy can still help millions of British women, doctors insisted yesterday. But the experts also warned that HRT should only be used in the short term, to ease the symptoms of the menopause. Supporters of HRT say it has improved the lives of countless patients. But thousands of UK women have stopped the treatment since it was linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and strokes. The number of HRT prescriptions fell by one million last year to 6.2 million....


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