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Hormone Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer Risk

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Alternatives to HRT for Protecting Your Bones From Osteoporosis

Selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) are a newer class of drugs, similar to estrogen, that protect against osteoporosis by increasing bone density, while also protecting against the development of breast cancer.

Evista is a widely used SERM that has been shown to increase bone growth and density and reduce the risk of breast cancer. Unfortunately, it does not relieve symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and may actually worsen them. 

Additional steps you can take to prevent and/or treat osteoporosis include: 

  • Performing weight-bearing exercises
  • Taking calcium and vitamin D supplements
  • Taking medications such as bisphosphonates

 

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Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on July 02, 2014
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