A 36-year-old member asked:
how safe is hormone replacement therapy if family history breast cancer?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Timothy Brown answered
43 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Short term safety: There is no apparent increased risk for short term use of hormone therapy, with or without a family history. For longer term use (greater than 4 years) it is not clear exactly how the different estrogen and Progesterone formulations and combinations affect risk.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Richard Orr answered
43 years experience Surgical Oncology
Varies: If a first order relative (mother, sister, daughter) has bc i would take ert only briefly and then only for severe symptoms. Remember that we try to prevent breast cancer by prescribing tamoxifen - which blocks estrogen. Adding ert definitely increases risk, somewhat, so you have to balance risks/benefits. Some women are miserable without it - and a short course may be appropriate for them.
Answered on May 19, 2013
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