HRT breast cancer risk linked to fall in screenings

MENOPAUSAL women who stop HRT are more likely to skip mammograms, a study suggests.

Researchers noticed a slide in the number of women having regular mammograms, following a huge drop in the use of HRT, sparked by findings from the Women¹s Health Initiative trial in 2002 that showed a rise in breast cancer among those on the therapy.

To investigate whether there was a link, the National Cancer Institute in the US asked more than 7000 women about their HRT use and mammographic screening between 2000 and 2005.

They found reduction  in the use of HRT was associated with a drop in mammogram screenings