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Breast cancer fell when women stopped hormone replacement, US study shows

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39192.367789.DB (Published 26 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:866
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Incidence of breast cancer in 2003 in US women aged 50 or older dropped by 6.7%, a year after many women stopped using hormone replacement, says a report in the New England Journal of Medicine (2007;356:1670-4, http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/356/16/1670).

    Women's use of hormone replacement fell substantially after the Women's Health Initiative study showed an increased risk of cardiovascular events and breast cancer in women using a combination of oestrogen and progestogen called Prempro (JAMA 2002;288:321-33, 366-8).

    Incidence of breast cancer fell sharply between 2002, when the JAMA study results were released, and …

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