Oestrogen replacement increases cancer risk, study shows

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 31 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:756
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Postmenopausal women who use oestrogen replacement therapy for more than 10 years may be at increased risk of dying of ovarian cancer, a new study has found.

    Dr Carmen Rodriguez and colleagues from the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, Georgia, looked at 944 deaths from ovarian cancer recorded over 14 years. Among the group, postmenopausal women who used oestrogen for at least 10 years were about twice as likely to develop ovarian cancer as their peers who did not take it. Even women who used oestrogen for 10 or more years …

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