ANCHOR LEAD: THE JURY APPEARS TO BE IN ON HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND BREAST CANCER RISK, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Hormone replacement therapy increases a woman’s risk for breast cancer, and now additional analysis from the Women’s Health Initiative shows that when HRT is stopped, the risk declines, more or less sealing the cause and effect relationship. Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.
PARK: Estrogen is more carcinogenic for developing breast cancer than even cigarette smoking is for lung cancer. It’s a huge epidemic, it’s something we’re continually working on, we learn, in this case sometimes the hard way, that we shouldn’t be giving hormones, but we have learned through a lot of years of data and studies, including the Women’s Health Initiative, that this is really what is causative, and the data is pretty much solid and convincing now that yes, taking hormones is going to adversely affect if not your likelihood of getting it, causing breast cancer. :31
So unless there’s a really compelling reason to use hormones, avoid them, Park says. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.