oa South African Family Practice - Breast cancer and HRT : review article



Extracted from text ... SA Fam Pract 2005;47(6) 48 Review What are the risks for breast cancer? Although breast cancer occurs 100 times more frequently in females than in males, suggesting that breast cancer prefers tissue that is primed by female hormones, there are a significant number of other risk factors that are associated with its occurrence. These risk factors have cast doubt on the role of the sex hormones being primarily responsible for the initiation of breast cancer, namely: a) The disease is more commonly diagnosed in post-menopausal women not on HRT than in premenopausal women. b) It is a disease of the ..


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