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Decline in Hormone Therapy Linked to Fewer Mammograms

Posted 22 Aug 2011 by

MONDAY, Aug. 22 – The dramatic decline in women's use of hormone therapy mid-decade also appears linked to a decline in mammograms, new research suggests. "We found that women in the age group 50 to 64 reduced their hormone therapy use from 41 percent down to 16 percent between 2000 and 2005," said study lead author Nancy Breen, an economist with the U.S. National Cancer Institute. "At the same time, that age group dropped their mammogram use from 78 percent to 73 percent." "And we found those two drops were associated," she added. Breen speculates that women are not going for mammograms as often because they aren't returning to their doctors for hormone therapy prescriptions. The study was published online Monday in the journal Cancer. The use of hormone therapy dropped radically after a report from the Women's Health Initiative, published in 2002, showed hormone therapy use was ... Read more

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