There have been several new developments in the ongoing hormone replacement therapy (HRT) debate:
- A recent hormone replacement therapy study found that estrogen-progestin medications can cause an aggressive form of breast cancer and may make tumors more difficult to detect (June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association [JAMA]).
- Scientists warned that women aged 65 and older who take the combination estrogen-progestin drug called Prempro™ have twice the risk of developing dementia (May 28 issue of JAMA).
- Dietary supplements containing isoflavones, widely used as alternatives for conventional HRT to treat menopausal symptoms, do not appear to alleviate hot flashes (July 9 issue of JAMA).
- Late this summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) launched a menopause information campaign to help women make informed decisions on HRT based on their own health needs. The campaign provides general information about the benefits and risk factors of HRT; provides questions that women can ask of their own physicians to determine if HRT is appropriate; and outlines actions women can take to improve their overall health during menopause. Information on the menopause information campaign is available in both English and Spanish from the National Women’s Health Information Center at www.4women.gov.
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