MORE HRT HARM
EVIDENCE CONTINUES TO ACCUMULATE AGAINST HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Hormone replacement therapy may be associated with more aggressive breast cancers, a study from the Women’ s Health Initiative reported recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association found. Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says he’s not surprised.
PARK: It accentuates what we already knew and that is that hormone replacement therapy really is not a good thing in terms of breast cancer incidence and now it even takes us a step further in that women who actually develop breast cancer while taking hormone replacement therapy may have a propensity for developing more aggressive types of breast cancers. I think it’s not earthshattering news in that we’re surprised that hormones can have an effect. I think it is significant news to say that it’s not just initiation but maybe the types of breast cancer, that is more aggressive types of breast cancer that occur in women who were taking hormone replacement therapies. :33
Park says women who are considering using hormone replacement therapy need an in depth conversation with their doctor. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.