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Do the benefits of hormone replacement therapy outweigh the risk of breast cancer?

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Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective treatment for relieving hot flashes from menopause. But the known link between HRT and increased risks related to breast cancer has discouraged many women and their doctors from choosing or recommending this treatment. To decide if it's right for you, you and your doctor should consider:

  • The type of hormone therapy (estrogen only or combination of estrogen and progestin)
  • Your risk factors for heart disease, breast cancer, stroke, and blood clots
  • The severity of your menopause symptoms

SOURCES: The American Cancer Society. 

National Cancer Institute.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 04, 2018

SOURCES: The American Cancer Society. 

National Cancer Institute.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 04, 2018

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