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Growth Hormone Linked to Cancer

Safety of Popular Anti-Aging Treatment Questioned

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"The fact that these hormone levels decline with age may be an appropriate balance," Pollak says. "You may be subjecting yourself to risks if you keep these levels high."

In an October 2000 interview with WebMD, Stanley Slater, MD, discussed the fad of using hGH to slow the aging process. Slater is associate director for geriatrics at the U.S. National Institute on Aging.

"When people ask, I tell them not to take growth hormone but to wait until it is clinically established to be useful," Slater says. "There is no clinical evidence of it causing tumors to grow faster, but on biological grounds there is some suspicion. If you give someone growth hormone for 30 years, nobody knows what will happen."

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