HRT AND BREAST CANCER
ANCHOR LEAD : IS THE LATEST DROP IN BREAST CANCER DUE TO REDUCED USE OF HORMONE THERAPY? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Recent analysis of breast cancer data found a large decrease in the number of cases of breast cancer at the same time many women stopped taking hormone replacement therapy or never started. Are these events linked? Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.
PARK: I actually think it’s a great finding. I think even those people who did the study at MD Anderson are very cautious in saying that they can’t prove causation really, it’s an association, because it’s a retrospective look at what was different in 2003 when this decrease in breast cancer occurred. And the prior year the Women’s Health Initiative came out suggesting that hormone replacement therapy was actually increasing or could be increasing the risk of breast cancer. Even though the links are all there, it all makes sense biologically and scientifically, because of the way we’re analyzing this you can’t say we’re 100% sure. :32
Further studies should define the link more precisely. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.