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Should women who have had breast cancer use hormone replacement therapy?

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Early in 2004, the HABITS study was stopped early after showing that cancer survivors on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) were more likely to develop a new or recurrent breast cancer. Doctors now feel it is too risky to treat breast cancer survivors with HRT to relieve symptoms of menopause.

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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