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Hormonal replacement and increase of breast cancer

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On May 29, 2012 Annals of Internal Medicine published a review of the use of synthetic estrogen and progesterone in women. The synthetic progesterone is known as a progestin. When the estrogen and progestin were used together the risk of breast cancer increased by about 25%. When estrogen was used alone the risk of breast cancer decreased by about 25%.  This combination also doubled the risk for dementia. If you are on hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) please, for your health sake, check and see if it is a estrogen/progestin combination. The article is posted for your reading convience.