Study: Cancer risk increases with hormone therapy

Dec 06, 2010

Research shows that the risk of developing breast cancer increases with hormone therapy

Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be a devastating experience for any woman. The American Cancer Society says that almost 40,000 women die of breast cancer each year.

The American Association for Cancer Research performed a study comparing the risk of developing cancer and those who used hormone therapy. The data revealed that those who took hormone replacements for more than 15 years were at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Harvard Medical School professor Susan Hankinson says that despite these findings, further research needs to be done.

"These results add new evidence that risk does vary by other personal characteristics. However, for now, the public health message remains essentially the same. There is an increased risk of breast cancer from hormone use, and further studies will address the question of how specific that risk is."

People who are diagnosed with cancer or any other illness with a high mortality rate may want to consider getting life insurance to make sure that their loved ones will be taken care of financially.

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