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February 8, 2010

Hormone Therapy May Reduce Colon Cancer Risk

Women who use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during menopause may be less at risk of developing colon cancer, a new study suggests. Women who began using HRT at the outset of the menopause were 36% less likely to develop colon cancer over the next decade than those who did not use it

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Women who use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during menopause may be less at risk of developing colon cancer, a new study suggests.

Women who began using HRT at the outset of the menopause were 36% less likely to develop colon cancer over the next decade than those who did not use it, a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology said.

HRT, used with either oestrogen alone or a combination of oestrogen and progestin, was linked to a lower colon cancer risk even when the researchers accounted for age, weight, exercise levels and race.

The beneficial effect of HRT was stronger among women who had had a first-degree relative diagnosed with colon cancer and HRT use was linked to a 55% lower risk of the disease vs non-use, study said.

Out of 34,433 HRT users, 193 were diagnosed with colon cancer compared with 151 cases among the 13,778 women who had never used hormone replacement.

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