Oestrogen HRT offers cancer protection

Oestrogen-only HRT continues to protect postmenopausal women against invasive breast cancer, even years after they stop taking the treatment, research finds.

A study of more than 7500 postmenopausal women with hysterectomy found those receiving oestrogen for six years were 20% less likely to develop breast cancer than placebo-controlled patients, over almost 12 years of follow-up.

Women taking oestrogen were also significantly less likely to die from breast cancer than those who never used HRT,

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