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Breast cancer

01 September 2010

HRT can muddy mammograms

Hormone replacement therapy after menopause may interfere with the accuracy of mammograms used to screen for breast cancer.

The findings, reported in the journal Menopause, add to the body of evidence that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) makes mammograms more difficult to interpret. And they also contradict the theory that HRT patches and injections might be less likely to cause problems than pills.

 

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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