Hormone therapy caught again

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/checkup/2009/09/a_fatal_blow_for_hrt_embargoed.html?wprss=checkup

A Fatal Blow for HRT?

Postmenopausal women on combined estrogen/progestin hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are at increased risk of getting and dying from lung cancer, according to research published in the British medical journal The Lancet. The discovery adds to the already long list of risks associated with HRT and bolsters the case against its use for fighting such menopause-related ills as vaginal dryness and hot flashes.

Analyzing data from the U.S. government-sponsored Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), researchers found that 

after the 8 years total follow-up, more women died from lung cancer in the combined hormone therapy group than in the placebo group (73 vs 40 deaths; women in HRT group 71% more likely to die). This was mainly as a result of a higher number of deaths from non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in the combined therapy group (62 vs 31 deaths; women in HRT group 87% more likely to die specifically of NSCLC)……..(follow the link above for more)

Duncan’s comment:  How many women have been damaged by hormone replacement therapy?   How many women will be kept on hrt by their doctors in spite of all the evidence against it?

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