Originally Posted by dgxr20
Regarding the HRT, many studies have been done and HRT is a contributing factor to the developement of breast cancer.
Do you have references for that statement - links to articles in peer-reviewed journals that report results of studies concluding that HRT contributes to the development of breast cancer?
The only so-called "link" I am aware of is the recent reinterpretation of the WHI study results that showed that older women who were past natural menopause and then took Prempro for several years had a slight increase in incidence of breast cancer, but women on estrogen-only HRT did not. Women who have had a hysterectomy/BSO are typically younger than the women in the WHI study and do NOT take Provera, the ingredient implicated in the study's results. Additionally, even those women were found to have higher survival rates than women not on HRT who got breast cancer during the same period of time.
I have been diagnosed with breast cancer twice since my hyst/BSO and have stayed on HRT through it all, with my DR's encouragement. In fact, I just discussed this issue with her a few days ago and she told me she is seeing more and more DRs realizing that the notion that HRT is "bad" for women at risk for breast cancer or that it causes breast cancer is outdated and incorrect.
(((Sue))) is this breast doctor an oncologist? You might want to discuss your questions about HRT with that doctor rather than your regular DR who may not have much knowledge at all about breast cancer and hormones.
ADH is not breast cancer; it is not even a precancer. It is merely an abnormal proliferation of cells in the ducts. Many women with ADH never, ever get breast cancer.
You might want to check out some of the articles linked in the Breast Health section of our Resource Links directory - there are some that explain ADH better, and some that talk about hormones, HRT and breast cancer.
Good luck with your biopsies!