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HRT AND BREAST TENDERNESS

CAN BREAST TENDERNESS PREDICT WHO SHOULDN’T TAKE HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Menopausal women who take hormone replacement therapy may be able to discern if it’s increasing their risk of breast cancer by observing whether they develop breast tenderness.  That’s according to a study looking at whether the symptom of breast tenderness is associated with development of breast cancer.  Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.

PARK:  Does anything let us know whether or not women who are on hormone replacement therapy are potentially at higher risk than women who are on hormone replacement therapy and don’t end up getting breast cancer?  And I think this is a very important question because nowadays we tend to kind of poo poo hormone replacement therapy it’s all bad and it’s not something we’re going to be prescribing to women but there are a lot of women out there who have really severe symptoms from menopause and so quality of life becomes a huge issue in these patients.   :27

Park still cautions that women need to carefully assess the need for hormone replacement therapy and its risks and benefits.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.



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