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Short term use of HRT increases risk of ovarian cancer, analysis finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 13 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h840
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) even for a few years are 40% more likely to develop two of the most common types of ovarian cancer than women who have never taken HRT, an analysis of data from epidemiological studies has found.

A coauthor of the study, Richard Peto, of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, said, “For women who take HRT for five years from around age 50, there will be about one extra ovarian cancer for every 1000 users and one extra ovarian cancer death for every 1700 …

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