06 Apr '11, 9pm

TODAYonline | World | Estrogen lowers heart, breast cancer risk: Study: NEW YORK - A govern...

NEW YORK - A government study has found that years after using estrogen-only therapy, certain women had a markedly reduced risk of suffering from breast cancer and having a heart attack. The research, part of the landmark Women's Health Initiative study, is likely to surprise women and their doctors, who for years have heard frightening news about the risks of hormone therapy. But most of those fears are related to the use of a combination of two hormones, estrogen and progestin, which are prescribed to relieve hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause and have been shown to increase a woman's risk of breast cancer. The new findings, reported Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association, come from 10,739 women in the Women's Health Initiative study who had previously had a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus. While other women in the study were...

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