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What's the link between hormone therapy and ovarian cancer?

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Many women take hormone therapy to cope with menopause symptoms like hot flashes and osteoporosis. Some studies suggest that taking those hormones may raise your chances for ovarian cancer. That may be especially true if you take just the hormone estrogen (without progesterone) for at least 5 years.

In general, it seems that the longer you take any type of hormone therapy, the greater your chance of developing cancer. If you're considering hormone therapy to help with your menopause symptoms, talk to your doctor about benefits and risks.

SOURCES:

HealthyWomen.org: "Ovarian Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "Ovarian Cancer: Risk Factors," "Ovarian Cancer: Definition," "Ovarian Cancer: Symptoms."

American Cancer Society: "What Are the Risk Factors for Ovarian Cancer?"

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "10 Cancer symptoms women shouldn't ignore,"  "How does menopause affect cancer risk?"

National Cancer Institute: "Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Menopause and Cancer Risk."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 3, 2019

SOURCES:

HealthyWomen.org: "Ovarian Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "Ovarian Cancer: Risk Factors," "Ovarian Cancer: Definition," "Ovarian Cancer: Symptoms."

American Cancer Society: "What Are the Risk Factors for Ovarian Cancer?"

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "10 Cancer symptoms women shouldn't ignore,"  "How does menopause affect cancer risk?"

National Cancer Institute: "Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Menopause and Cancer Risk."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 3, 2019

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