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Can hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increase my risk of cancer?

The risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are increased incidence of breast cancer and uterine cancer while using estrogen. However, when estrogen and progesterone are administered together and in the correct doses, the risk of cancer of the uterus or endometrium is reduced.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) means replacing estrogen and sometimes progesterone once a woman has gone through menopause. And we recognize now that if you take combined hormone replacement therapy, estrogen and progesterone, that does increase your breast cancer risk. So we're advising women to stay away from that. If you're only on estrogen for your hormone replacement therapy, or if you've had your uterus removed and you're taking hormone replacement therapy, then that treatment is not associated with an elevated breast cancer risk, but that's not the only piece of the puzzle.

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