EVERY WOMAN'S DILEMMA

IT'S A CHOICE BETWEEN THE RISKS OF TAKING ESTROGEN AND THE RISKS OF NOT. A NEW STUDY CLARIFIES THE ISSUES

To take estrogen or not to take estrogen? For millions of women approaching menopause, no other decision stirs up more anxiety or stimulates more debate. On the one hand, study after study has shown that replenishing lost stores of this potent hormone can ward off many of the ailments associated with aging--heart disease, osteoporosis, perhaps even Alzheimer's. On the other hand, many of these same studies also suggest that long-term use of estrogen increases the likelihood that a woman will develop breast cancer.

To untangle this knot of contradictory advice, women have desperately sought better information. And last week the New...

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