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Breast tenderness can link to cancer

October 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study by UCLA researchers suggests that women on hormone replacement therapy, who experience breast tenderness, may be almost twice as likely to develop breast cancer compared to women who experience no tenderness.The results came after analyzing the health records of some 160,000 women who took part in the Women's Health Initiative.

Those on HRT were three times more likely to experience breast tenderness, and the women with breast tenderness were 48 percent more likely to develop invasive breast cancer.

Women undergoing menopause are often prescribed estrogen-progestin hormone replacement therapy to ease the symptoms.

Scientists say more research is needed before they recommend that women with breast tenderness discontinue taking the hormones.

The study is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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