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04/19/2006 - News

Hormone use increases breast cancer risk among black women

By: Susan Aldridge, medical journalist, PhD

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Hormone use increases breast cancer risk among black women

Reported by Susan Aldridge, PhD, medical journalist

A study shows that black women who take hormone replacement therapy are more likely to get breast cancer than if they do not.
Previous research has suggested that long-term use of hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of breast cancer. However, most of the women involved in studies have been white. Now researchers at Boston University report from the Black Women's Health Study, which covers over 23,000 women aged 40 or more.

During the eight year study, there were 615 cases of breast cancer. It was more likely to occur among women who had taken hormones, including estrogen or estrogen plus progestin, than among women who had never taken hormones. The longer a women took hormones for, the greater the breast cancer risk. Moreover, the risk was highest for lean women, having a body mass index of under 25. The findings should be taken on board by black women considering the use of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms.

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Archives of Internal Medicine 10th April 2006 Volume 166 pages 760-765

Created on: 04/19/2006
Reviewed on: 04/19/2006

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