Thursday, 16 August 2007

Report: breast cancer drop due to hormones, not mammograms

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Are breast cancer rates declining? If so, it may not be due to a decrease in mammography screening. Sounds logical, right? How about a drop in postmenopausal hormone use as a possible contributor?

That's the conclusion of a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. This, to me, is an interesting development if true. I'm not sure what other factors were looked at in the study, however. Was this correlation backed by valid statistical data? I may have to go further with this one, with a possible update later.

The study mentions that postmenopausal hormone treatments have declined in use since 2002 -- and that the risk of breast cancer has dropped along with it in the U.S. Hmm, hot flashes or an increased risk of breast cancer. Weird choice there.

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