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Fall in hormone replacement therapy associated with fall in breast cancer

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 12 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1330
  1. Melissa Sweet
  1. 1Sydney

A sudden fall in the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in Australia has been associated with a drop in the incidence of breast cancer among older women, a study has shown (Medical Journal of Australia 2008;188:641-4).

A 40% decline in HRT prescribing between 2001 and 2003 was associated with a 6.7% fall in the incidence of breast cancer standardised for age in women aged 50 and older.

Women younger than 50 showed no significant change in incidence of breast cancer, the researchers found.

The fall in sales of HRT followed negative publicity arising from the women’s health …

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