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Can hormone replacement therapy increase your risk of breast cancer?

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Hormone replacement therapy, also referred to as HRT, is used to relieve menopause symptoms, especially hot flashes. Combined HRT, with estrogen plus progestin, raises your risks of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, and blood clots. It also increases the chances that breast cancer will be discovered at a more advanced stage because it creates denser breast tissue which makes mammograms harder to read.

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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