Your Health: Jul. 29, 2002

MORE HORMONE BLUES The bad news about hormone-replacement therapy just keeps pouring in. Not only has long-term HRT been associated with blood clots, heart attacks and breast cancer, but last week it was linked to cancer of the ovaries as well. A 20-year study found that postmenopausal women taking estrogen alone were 60% more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who took no hormones--and that the risk increased the longer they took it. The researchers noted, however, that HRT preparations today differ from earlier formulations and that in the past, long-term treatment involved higher average daily doses of estrogen than...

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