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Abby's Magazine - Volume 5 Issue 2 | Page 23 A new study has found that any type of hormone therapy increase a woman's breast cancer risk if taken for more than 10 years. The study was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in New Orleans on April 16, 2016. The study tracked 60,000 nurses taking HRT for 10 years. Results showed that breast cancer risk was 88% higher in women taking estrogen and progesterone for 10 to 15 years compared to non-users. This risk doubled for women who take the therapy for 15 to 20 years. Researchers found that this risk keeps increasing with longer durations with of use and it never tapers off. According to Dr. Wendy Chen, author of the study and assistant professor in medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, women should think about the reason they're taking the hormones and explore other options with their doctor. "If it is for the hot flashes, they don't last forever," she says. "You are not going to have the systemic effects threat you will from taking a pill." Hormone Therapy Increases Breast Cancer Risk

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