For some women, choosing to undergo long-term hormone-replacement therapy is indeed a risky proposition. But that may not be true for all or even most women. Most evidence indicates that women can take hormones for a couple of years without increasing their breast-cancer risk. The picture is less clear, however, for women who use hormones for 10, 20 or more years. Their chance of developing breast cancer increases, but does that outweigh the benefit of avoiding heart disease?

The definitive answer won't be in for 10 years at least, but a report in last week's Journal of the American Medical Association...

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