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Fall in US breast cancer cases

23rd April 2007

Analysis of cancer data in the United States suggests that breast cancer rates are continuing to fall there because fewer women have been using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) since it was linked to cancer in 2002.

The incidence of the types of cancer which are sensitive to hormones fell by 14.7% from the end of 2002 to the end of 2004, according to a team led by Peter Ravdin of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas.

The team said the sustained fall in cancer rates over two years, rather than just one year, suggested a plausible link between the data and the decline in popularity of HRT.

The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


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