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Common questions from our patients

Q: I heard that estrogen replacement can cause breast cancer. Is that true?

A: No.  In fact, estrogen given in the correct way and in the correct dose seems to protect against cancer.  Drs. Clint and Rebecca Ashford have studied hormone replacement therapy since the 1980’s and are very familiar with this subject, but it is difficult to give a brief summary on a complex subject.  However, there are three things that we strongly believe about hormone replacement therapy:

  1. Women who have bothersome symptoms associated with estrogen therapy should consider taking an estrogen supplement.
  2. Women who have had a hysterectomy actually seem to be at significantly lower risk of breast cancer if they take estrogen.
  3. Estrogen needs to be given in the right way and in the right dose.


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