06 Apr '11, 4pm

Estrogen Linked to Lower Risk of Breast Cancer and Heart Attack

Estrogen Linked to Lower Risk of Breast Cancer and Heart Attack

A new government-funded study has positive news for women who take estrogen to relieve hot flashes and other post-menopausal symptoms. The study , which appeared yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), reports and that certain women have a much lower risk of breast cancer and heart attack years after estrogen-only therapy. However, taking the two hormones estrogen and progestin has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and researchers emphasize that women and their doctors need to remain aware of this. The study was part of the National Institute of Health 's Women's Health Initiative , a 15-year research program. It looked at 10,739 women who had had a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus. In the US, one-third of women in their 50s have had a hysterectomy. Says the New York Times Well blog : While most women in the horm...

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