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Hormone Replacement Therapy May Not Increase Breast Cancer Risk - Estrogen Pills (HRT) can Cause Strokes Blood Clots and Dementia

April 13th 2006

Hormone Replacement Therapy May Not Increase Breast Cancer Risk - Estrogen Pills (HRT) can Cause Strokes Blood Clots and Dementia


The latest data from Women's Health Initiative (WHI) shows that estrogen alone used for 7 years or less in women with hysterectomy does not increase the risk (or perhaps the detection) of breast cancer in general. A non-significant trend towards fewer cases was noted. Obviously if this were the only finding it would be good news but it's lot more confusing than that. Nevertheless, Wyeth, the maker of Premarin, and a few of its designated, well paid mouthpieces are at it again, saying estrogen is protective.

They've got Hugh Taylor from Yale and Wolf Utian of the North American Menopause Society (a veteran HRT proponent) touting these results with great enthusiasm. Highly irresponsible, for several reasons!! - The "reduced risk" was not significant and the cancers of the women on estrogen were larger and involved lymph nodes. Plus the women on estrogen required additional testing or biopsies, and there appeared to be an INCREASED RISK of breast cancer for those women with risk factors.


Coupling these findings with the overall findings makes this analysis very confusing and thus underscores the recommendation on hormones that currently stands: lowest dose for as short a time as possible.

One other thing - doctors owe it to patients to practice medicine responsibly in order to make their lives better. But when they become businessmen (such as Utian or Taylor) who are being paid to speak favorably of a drug or procedure, regardless of the lacking data, they do a great disservice to their patients and may indirectly harm them.

And I could care less about these 2 doctors' credentials or whatever prestigious university or organization they may be affiliated with! It is cavalier to be recommending estrogen as a preventative and to blatantly deny the existence of its risks, whether proven or potential (which I think these breast cancers findings are pointing to). And even if longer follow-up does in fact prove that there's no overall risk for breast cancer, there's hardly anything reassuring about the proven risks of stroke, blood clots, and dementia.

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