According to a report that will be published in the October 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, women face a greater risk of breast cancer, if they happen to undergo hormone replacement therapy for a long period of time. However, according to the study, it was also found that the tumors were not fatal and could receive treatment.
In earlier studies it has been stated that women undergoing Hormone Replacement Therapy were likely to develop a fatal tumor. However, the findings in the new study will definitely help patients and doctors alike to heave a big sigh of relief.
Talking about the disease, the lead author of the study, Dr. Rowan Chlebowski stated that though there is an increased risk of developing cancer. Still, the fatality of tumors was overrated earlier and that it was found that the chances of survival were strong among the suffering women.
The discoveries made in the study would definitely help medical practitioners to better counsel their patients regarding HRT.
According to a gynecologic oncologist and pelvic surgeon, Dr. Elizabeth Poynor, women should only undergo HRT, if they cannot properly cope with menopausal symptoms. He added that the risk factor definitely plays a part and so patients contemplating to undergo HRT should keep in mind the risks involved.