Early Hormone Therapy Elevates Breast Cancer Risk

It is now generally accepted that hormone therapy increases the risks of breast cancer and other serious illnesses. But there has been a lingering belief that for younger women in the early stages of menopause, the risks may be negligible.

However, new information from a huge study suggests that the women who were thought to be at the lowest risk from hormones may actually be at the highest risk. Women with the greatest risk of breast cancer from hormones are those who start taking them the earliest.

According to the New York Times:

"... [T]he new findings [make] it harder than ever to define any safe timing or duration for hormone use."

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