Newly released research suggests that the long-term use of any type of hormones (this includes the birth control pill) can increase the risk of breast cancer. Women taking long-term hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause symptoms are at an even greater risk.
Research has already shown that taking birth control pills with combined estrogen and progestin, the most common type, can increase breast cancer risk.
The outcome from this new study states any type of hormones (i.e. birth control pills, HRT ) after many years of use, results in cancer.
This new study tracked the health of over 100,000 registered nurses and found that use of any kind of hormones for 10 years (or more) raised the chances of developing breast cancer. "There's a continued increase in risk with longer durations of use and there does not appear to be a plateau," said study leader Dr. Wendy Chen of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
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The hormone picture has been confusing and now doctors say women should use the lowest dose needed for the shortest time possible.
– Estrogen use with progesterone for 10 to 14.9 years had an 88% higher incidence of breast cancer
– Estrogen use with progesterone for 15 to 19.9 years had an increase risk of “more than twofold”
– Estrogen use alone for 10 to 14.9 years had a 22% increased risk of breast cancer
– Estrogen alone for 15 to 19.9 years had a 43% increased risk of breast cancer
"It's hard to be surprised that if you keep taking it, sooner or later it's going to raise risk," said Dr. Robert Clarke of Georgetown University's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
American Association for Cancer Research – http://www.aacr.org/
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