Long-term hormone therapy use linked to lung cancer in women

By Andy Dworkin, The Oregonian

March 11, 2010, 4:44AM

Women who take two-hormone replacement drugs for years may increase their risk of lung cancer, according to a study of more than 36,000 Washington women aged 50 to 76.

Scientists from Oregon and Washington tracked the Seattle-area women for six years, recording how many of the women used drugs to replace estrogen and progesterone that decline during menopause. They also looked at how many of the women developed lung cancer. Progesterone/estrogen pills have been linked to other cancers, raising the risk for breast cancer, for instance, while lowering the risk of colon cancer.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.