Thursday, December 14, 2006

"Stunning" Drop in Breast Cancer Reported

Research by the MD Anderson Cancer center reveals breast cancer rates dropped 15 percent between August 2002 and December 2003, reports the New York Times. Around that same time, hormone therapy for menopause was found to increase risk for cardiovascular disease, so many women stopped the treatment. And scientist doubt this is merely a coincidence.

"Scientists know that hormones can fuel the growth of estrogen positive tumors, which carry receptors for estrogen on their cell surfaces," reported the Times. And estrogen-positive tumors make up 70 percent of all breast cancer cases.

“Everyone kept saying, What is it [that's causing breast cancer]? What’s in the environment?” one researcher told the Times. “The best explanation is hormone therapy.”

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