Hormone replacement therapy
7 Healthcast: Hormone replacement therapy
"Even a year after stopping hormone therapy use, mammograms were still significantly more commonly abnormal in women on the hormones... even two years later the mammograms weren't completely back to normal," Dr.Rowan Chebowski said.
Dr Susan Love, a breast cancer expert, says that the message to women from this study should be loud and clear.
"What this study shows is that even a short term of hormone replacement can have consequences, there's always going to be a price to pay and every women is going to have to weigh that for herself," Dr. Love said.
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals responded to the study saying that while the use of HRT increased the need for repeat mammograms in this study, nearly one in four women in the placebo group also needed repeat mammograms due to abnormalities.(Copyright 2008 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)