Hormone Replacement Therapy, 10 Years after Claims of a Cancer Link

May 23, 2012

The Washington Post

The use of hormone replacement therapy to treat symptoms of menopause has been among the most controversial and confusing issues in the modern medical world.

Once touted as a potential godsend for women suffering from menopause-related hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness, the therapy was under investigation through the Women’s Health Initiative until July 2002, when the research was abruptly halted because an elevated number of cases of breast cancer was detected in the study participants.

In the aftermath of that announcement, women around the world worried whether the therapy had put them at increased risk of developing breast cancer — a concern that appeared to be justified when a subsequent decline in breast cancer incidence was linked to widespread cessation of the therapy... Read More