KAREN FOSTER
AUG 24, 2016

Women who take a common form of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) are nearly three times as likely to get breast cancer, a major study has found.

Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London say the risks of taking the pills have been underestimated for years - and are actually 60 percent higher than thought.
The findings, based on a study of 39,000 British women tracked as they went through the menopause, will re-ignite a 20-year-old debate about the benefits and risks of taking HRT.
The research found women who took the combined form of HRT - which contains both oestrogen and progestogen - were 2.7 times more likely to develop breast cancer over five years than those who did not take the treatment.
Previously, scientists thought the pills or gels only increased the risk by 1.7 times.

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